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. Which of the following biblical characters seems to have requested an assisted suicide?
Question 2. True or false: Judaism sees the termination of a pregnancy as murder.
Question 3. True or false: The Jewish community has a poor track record of post-mortem organ donation.
Question 4. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are
Lung diseases common in Sephardic families
Asthma conditions common in the Hasidic community
Breast cancer genes commonly found in Jewish women
Screening procedures for Jewish genetic diseases
Question 5. 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
Question 6. True or false: In some situations, Jewish law actually requires a woman to have an abortion.
Question 7. Which Jewish tenet overrides all others in the debate regarding whether organ donation should be permissible acccording to Jewish law?
Saving a life
Love your neighbor like yourself
Question 8. According to most traditional Jewish authorities, who is legally considered the father of a child born via donor sperm?
The man who raises the child
The man who provides the sperm
They are both considered fathers of the child
The child is considered to have no father
Question 9. 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
Question 10. True or false: Jewish law always forbids organ donation.