Jewish Bioethics

Jewish Bioethics

Does Judaism Believe in the Right to Die?

An Orthodox understanding of Jewish law work to balance preserving life and alleviating suffering.

Jewish Bioethics

Abortion in Jewish Thought

The Jewish position on abortion occupies a middle ground, neither condoning it nor categorically prohibiting it.

Jewish Bioethics

The Morning After Pill and Judaism

Morning After Pill in Jewish Law. Judaism Parameters of Abortion. Abortion and Judaism. Jewish Bioethics. Judaism and Medical Technology. Jewish Ideas and Beliefs.

Judaism & Fertility Technology

Fertility Technology and Judaism. Jewish Bioethics. Judaism and Medical Technology. Jewish Ideas and Beliefs.

Jewish Surrogate Motherhood

Rabbis across the denominational spectrum question the morality of surrogacy, but some believe that these concerns can be allayed.

Euthanasia: A Jewish View

The Torah prohibits murder, and the Talmud maintains the prohibition on active killing, even with the terminally ill.

In Vitro Fertilization: Legal and Ethical Considerations

Most authorities permit test-tube conception, but worry about what to do with the unneeded genetic material.

Euthanasia: Jewish Biblical and Rabbinic Sources

The Torah prohibits murder, and the Talmud maintains the prohibition on active killing, even with the terminally ill.

Some Modern Views on Euthanasia

Contemporary Jewish thinkers have expressed a wide range of opinions about the permissibility and parameters of euthanasia.

Artificial Insemination in Jewish Law

Most rabbis permit artificial insemination using the husband's semen, but donor insemination raises more complicated questions.

Jewish Views on Organ Donation

Jewish views on organ donation are overridden by a single halakhic (legal) concept: pikuach nefesh—the Jewish obligation to save lives.

Misgivings and Misconceptions

Though most rabbinic authorities allow organ transplants, the Jewish community has a poor track record when it comes to donations.

The Fetus in Jewish Law

Does a fetus have the same legal status as a person?

Gene Therapy and Genetic Engineering in Judaism

Using genetic technology for therapeutic purposes is acceptable, but many related issues have yet to be addressed.

The Cloning Debate in Judaism

Most Jewish ethicists approve of therapeutic cloning, but question the morality of reproductive cloning.