Jewish Thought

The Soul of a Fetus

In Judaism, the question of when "ensoulment" takes place is both unanswerable and irrelevant to the issue of abortion.

What Hasidic Jews Believe

Though Hasidism is not a homogenous philosophy, there are certain ideas common to its many subgroups.

Jewish Ethics Confronts Modernity

The adaptation of the Jewish ethical tradition to modern life.

Maimonides on the Six Orders of the Mishnah

The sequence of the six orders follows the precedent of Scripture

The “Abortion Pill”

What is the Jewish position on RU-486 ?

The Fetus in Jewish Law

Does a fetus have the same legal status as a person?

Quiz: Jewish Business Ethics

The World of Work and Commerce in the Jewish Tradition. Jewish Business Ethics. Featured Articles on Business Ethics.

The Parameters of Abortion in Judaism

Abortions are sometimes permitted when the pregnant woman is at risk.

The Beginning of Life in Judaism

According to Jewish law, human life begins at birth, not conception.

Jewish Bioethics 101

The relationship between Jewish law, Jewish ethics, and the ethical principles of general society are navigated differently by different Jewish authorities. However, there is one principle that can be singled out for its prominence in Jewish bioethical di