My Jewish Learning

Conversion Quiz

The process of conversion depends on the overseeing rabbi, but generally includes a great deal of learning, culminating with an appearance before a Jewish court, the taking of a Hebrew name, circumcision for men, and a dunk in the ritual bath. How much do you know about Jewish conversion?



Question 1. For traditional Jews, a convert must assent to kabbalat ol ha-mitzvot, which is what?
 Observing a few selected commandments
 Committing to the performance of the Jewish commandments
 Accepting the validity of the Jewish commandments
 Both A & B
 Both B & C

 

Question 2. In the biblical period, how did people join the Israelite nation?
 Through immersing themselves in a mikveh
 Through circumcision
 Through assimilation into the community
 Only through birth; converts were not accepted

 

Question 3. What blessing does a convert recite after immersion in the mikveh?
 Blessed are You...who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us regarding immersion.
 Blessed are You...who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us regarding conversion.
 Blessed are you...who distinguishes between holy and profane, between the people of Israel and the other nations.
 Blessed are you...who is the true judge.

 

Question 4. True or false: A new convert traditionally adopts Abraham and Sarah as spiritual parents.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. According to traditional Judaism, who has sole authority to authorize a conversion to Judaism?
 A beit din
 Your local rabbi
 A referendum at a synagogue
 Oneself

 

Question 6. What is a brit milah?
 Baby naming for a boy
 Baby naming for a girl
 Oath of commitment to Judaism
 Circumcision

 

Question 7. True or false: All mikvehs are run by the Orthodox movement.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. What is the Hebrew term for the three-person rabbinic court that takes responsibility for a conversion?
 Mohel
 Beit Din
 Knesset
 Tevillah

 

Question 9. Talmudic Judaism considered you Jewish if
 Your mother was Jewish
 Your father was Jewish
 You converted to Judaism in a halakhic manner
 Both a and c

 

Question 10. Which biblical book has a passage that refers to converts, and, according to R. Ishmael, guarantees converts the same civil law protections as native Israelites?
 Genesis
 Exodus
 Leviticus
 Numbers
 Deuteronomy