Jewish Bioethics QuizWhen 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. 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
Question 2. 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
Question 3. 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.
Question 4. 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
Question 5. 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
Question 6. 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
Question 7. From a Jewish perspective, what is the best way of screening for genetic diseases?
No screening is allowed at any point
Question 8. True or false: Jewish law always forbids organ donation.
Question 9. In the Talmud, the vital sign distinguishing life and death is
the heart beating
the ability to say the name of God
Question 10. Which of the following denominations allow organ donation?
All of the above