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

True False

Qustion 2. Which Jewish tenet overrides all others in the debate regarding whether organ donation should be permissible acccording to Jewish law?

Shabbat Kashrut Saving a life Love your neighbor like yourself

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. 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 5. 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 6. 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

Qustion 7. 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 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 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

Qustion 10. 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
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