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. The concept of a surrogate mother is introduced in the Bible with which characters?
Hagar and Sarah
Hannah and Peninah
Rachel and Leah
Question 2. In the Talmud, the vital sign distinguishing life and death is
the heart beating
the ability to say the name of God
Question 3. 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 4. According to Jewish law, the permissibility for a healthy person to donate an organ (such as a kidney) is dependent on what?
Whether or not one is a priest
Whether or not one is a religiously observant person
The risk of the procedure
Whether or not the recipient is a religiously observant Jew
Question 5. Which of the following denominations allow organ donation?
All of the above
Question 6. True or false: In some situations, Jewish law actually requires a woman to have an abortion.
Question 7. According to Jewish law, when does a fetus acquire the rights of a person?
When it is conceived
When its movements are perceptible by the mother
When it reaches its due date
When it is born
Question 8. 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 9. True or false: The Jewish community has a poor track record of post-mortem organ donation.
Question 10. True or False: There is a case of genetic engineering in the Bible.