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. The Law of Return
 Grants Israeli citizenship to any Jewish person
 Grants Israeli citizenship to anyone with a single Jewish grandparent or a Jewish spouse
 Grants Israeli citizenship to some people whom Israel's rabbinate does not consider Jewish
 All of these
 None of these


Question 2. 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 3. Which of these is not a Sephardic holiday custom?
 Whipping each other with scallions on Passover
 Eating rice and legumes on Passover
 Singing the "Had Gadya" song
 Eating a series of special foods as omens for a good new year


Question 4. True or false: All Conservative rabbis will agree to convert a Jew if the primary motivation for the conversion is marriage.


Question 5. Which of these factors complicate the "Who is a Jew?" conversation in Israel?
 Patrilineal descent
 Different conversion standards in different Jewish denominations
 The fact that there is no separation of church and state in Israel
 All of these
 None of these


Question 6. What is the historical definition of a Jew?
 Anyone who swears fealty to the Jewish God
 Anyone born to a Jewish mother or who converts to Judaism
 Anyone who takes the religion of Judaism upon themselves
 Anyone who has eaten wine and challah on Shabbat


Question 7. What is giyur?
 A convert
 A potential convert
 A descendant of one of the Seven Nations