Jewish Medical Ethics

Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion

While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of it: The scope of this field was simply unimaginable a generation ago. This 10-lesson course explores what Judaism has to say on several challenging issues, including human and animal cloning, surrogate motherhood and multiple parenting, genetic identity, and assisted suicide. Author Rabbi Dr. Elliot Dorff is a world-renowned expert and Professor of Jewish Philosophy and the author of many books including: Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics, and co-editor of twelve books including The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality, and Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality: A Reader.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 – Cloning of Plants, Animals, and Humans

Lesson 2 – Prenatal Interventions and the Termination of Pregnancy

Lesson 3 – Surrogate Motherhood and Multiple Parents

Lesson 4 – Sperm Banking and Posthumous Sperm Retrieval

Lesson 5 – Genetic Identity

Lesson 6 – Gene Testing

Lesson 7 – Pain Management and Drug Addiction

Lesson 8 – Passive Euthanasia: Heroic Efforts vs. Letting Nature Take Its Course

Lesson 9 – Assisted Suicide/Aid in Dying

Lesson 10 – The Distribution of Health Care: Who Gets It? Who Pays for It?