My Jewish Learning

Who is a Jew Quiz

There are many kinds of Jews, and many legal definitions of Jewishness. How much do you know about the spectrum of Jewish identity?

Question 1. Why is Philip Roth's novel Portnoy's Complaint sometimes seen as anti-Semitic?
 It portrays Jewish men as sexually deviant
 It portrays Jewish men as inclined to prey on gentile women
 It portrays Jewish women as nagging and sexually uninterested
 All of these
 None of these


Question 2. Which of the following is not one of the main religious groups of Jews?


Question 3. What is the name of the Judeo-Spanish language?


Question 4. What is the first step to converting to Judaism in the Reform approach?
 Immersion in a ritual bath
 Taking a series of classes
 Marrying a Jew
 Saying a prayer solidifying a potential convert's commitment


Question 5. What is a kohen?
 A descendant of Aaron, the High Priest
 Someone whose ancestor was Levi, the third son of Jacob
 Someone who is permitted to recite the Priestly Benediction on festivals in synagogue
 All of these
 None of these


Question 6. True or false: All Conservative rabbis will agree to convert a Jew if the primary motivation for the conversion is marriage.


Question 7. What geographical region does the term "Ashkenazic" literally refer to?