Jewish Bioethics Quiz

When Jewish thinkers consider issues like euthanasia, abortion, and organ donation, they articulate diverse positions on the relationship between Jewish law, Jewish ethics, and secular ethics. How much do you know about Jewish bioethics?

Question 1 of :

Qustion 1. True or False: All Jews are pro-choice.

True False

Qustion 2. According to the Talmud, when does a soul enter a baby's body?

At conception After the first trimester When the child first answers Amen to a blessing No one knows

Qustion 3. According to Jewish law, which of the following is true of abortion?

Life begins at conception, so abortion is tantamount to murder Traditional Jewish law does not consider a fetus to be a human being If a woman's life is endangered by her pregnancy she still must have the baby Abortion is permissible under all circumstances; the rabbis did not claim ownership over women's bodies

Qustion 4. Which of the following denominations allow organ donation?

Reform Conservative Modern Orthodox Reconstructionist All of the above

Qustion 5. According to Jewish law, is therapeutic genetic engineering and gene manipulation sanctioned?

It is sanctioned because it may help save lives in the future It is prohibited, because it does not help save lives in the present Is it prohibited because it is tampering with God's work It is sanctioned because it is fixing God's mistakes

Qustion 6. Jewish genetic diseases occur

only in the Ashkenazi community only in the Sephardic community only in those who descend from converts in all Jewish communities

Qustion 7. The concept of a surrogate mother is introduced in the Bible with which characters?

Hagar and Sarah Hannah and Peninah Rachel and Leah Lot's Daughters

Qustion 8. Nazis claimed that

Jews were predisposed toward breast cancer Jews were predisposed to be very smart Jews were genetically inferior to non-Jews Jews all wanted to be blond

Qustion 9. According to Jewish law, actively hastening the death of a dying person is akin to what?

Stealing Murder Putting a stumbling block in front of a blind person Defiling Shabbat

Qustion 10. What is the one principle that can be singled out for its prominence in Jewish bioethical discourse?

God is at the center of all decision making There is a duty to save and preserve human life wherever possible Preventing pain is the most important factor in all medical decisions Both A and C
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