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Doorways to Designer Babies? Judaic Ethics and Genetic Enhancement


Every year scientific advancement and breakthroughs impact our society in new ways. Recent technologies like CRISPR open the doorways to “fixing” genetic “problems” before they arise and to “enhancing” future progeny. Of course, just because something is possible does not mean it should be done. So which doorway, if either, may we justifiably enter?

Delve into Judaic ethical concerns about each doorway.

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Judaism and Sexuality

Jewish tradition looks favorably on sex and sexuality, given certain conditions.

New Possibilities in Jewish Sexuality

Judaism may need new categories of sexual relationships in order to adjust to the reality of sex outside marriage.

Traditional Sources on Sexual Pleasure

Some classical Jewish statements about sex might surprise you.