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?

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Qustion 1. 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 2. Couples should be genetically screened

Before they get married In the week after they get married After they have conceived a child Between their first and second children

Qustion 3. In the Talmud, the vital sign distinguishing life and death is

the heart beating breathing speaking the ability to say the name of God

Qustion 4. The traditional Jewish principle guiding end-of-life decisions is that nothing can be done to hasten death, but _____________ can be removed.

Anything that hindrances death Feeding tubes and IVs Medications other than those that combat pain Unpleasant odors

Qustion 5. Which of the following biblical characters seems to have requested an assisted suicide?

Adam Moses Joshua Saul

Qustion 6. True or false: The Jewish community has a poor track record of post-mortem organ donation.

True False

Qustion 7. Which of these legal and ethical issues are still up for debate among Jewish authorities?

If several people need a given organ, how do we decide who gets priority? Can organs be sold? Can organs be used without permission? All of these None of these

Qustion 8. According to Jewish law, the permissibility for a healthy person to donate an organ (such as a kidney) is dependent on what?

Whether or not one is a priest Whether or not one is a religiously observant person The risk of the procedure Whether or not the recipient is a religiously observant Jew

Qustion 9. From a Jewish perspective, what is the best way of screening for genetic diseases?

Carrier screening Pre-implantation screening Prenatal testing No screening is allowed at any point

Qustion 10. According to traditional Jewish sources, when does death occur?

When the heart stops beating When breathing totally and irreversibly ceases When a person says the Shema and closes his/her eyes for the last time Any of the above
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