Decisions of Fate: Guiding Jewish Values for Making Life-and-Death Decisions

Judaism's timeless values provide practical guidance for making confident and considered life-and-death choices. This course applies Jewish values to four common dilemmas: risky treatments, end-of-life care, abortion, and care of the deceased.

Lesson 1
Risky Treatments

When uncertain treatments offer a chance of recovery, is the risk justified? Discover the Jewish ethics of risking your life to extend your long-term prospects.

 

Lesson 2
End-of-Life Care

How does Judaism balance the desire to reduce suffering with the value of every moment of life? See how Jewish values inform a dignified approach to end-of-life care and advance medical directives.

 

Lesson 3
Abortion Ethics

When pregnancy endangers a woman’s life, may she, in good conscience, carry the pregnancy to term? Examine how Jewish texts navigate the ethics of abortion.

 

Lesson 4
Honoring the Deceased

Might autopsy violate the dignity of the human body? Learn the Jewish view on respect for the deceased and how the sanctity of human life continues after death.

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