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, 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 2. True or false: Judaism sees the termination of a pregnancy as murder.

True False

Qustion 3. According to Jewish law, what is a goses?

A terminally ill patient, who is expected to die within 72 hours Someone who has been given a terminal diagnosis, but whose life expectancy is unknown A corpse within one day after death A person who wants to die

Qustion 4. Which of the following biblical characters seems to have requested an assisted suicide?

Adam Moses Joshua Saul

Qustion 5. 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 6. 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 7. True or false: In recent years, some liberal rabbis have suggested that active euthanasia be permitted in certain cases where the pain experienced by a terminally ill patient diminishes his/her ability to live in the image of God.

True False

Qustion 8. What is the rabbinic position on stem cell research?

The majority of contemporary halakhic authorities sanction it The majority of contemporary halakhic authorities prohibit it It is prohibited because equally good cells can be gathered from an umbilical chord It was forbidden by the rabbis of the Talmud, but has been permitted by contemporary Orthodox authorities

Qustion 9. 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 10. According to Jewish law, is the morning-after pill permitted?

Yes, because the fertilized egg does not count as a pregnancy until 40 days have passed Yes, because the fetus is not viable on its own, and thus doesn't count as a person No, because all forms of abortion are prohibited No, because abortions have to be performed by specially trained Jewish doctors in order for them to be sanctioned by halakhah
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