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. 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 2. Which of these women is the biblical prototype of a convert?
 Miriam
 Esther
 Deborah
 Ruth

 

Question 3. What is a brit milah?
 Baby naming for a boy
 Baby naming for a girl
 Oath of commitment to Judaism
 Circumcision

 

Question 4. Which movement controls the conversion process in Israel?
 Orthodox
 Conservative
 Reform
 Reconstructionist

 

Question 5. 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 6. What is the Hebrew term for immersion in the mikveh?
 Minhag
 Brit
 Tevillah
 Simhat Bat

 

Question 7. How much of your body must be immersed in the mikveh?
 Just your feet
 Up to your waist
 Up to your shoulders
 Your entire body

 

Question 8. True or false: In most Jewish communities, circumcision is not required to convert a baby boy.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. True or false: Jewish law allows people who were converted as infants or children to renounce their conversion when they reach the age of maturity.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. What is giyur?
 A convert
 A potential convert
 Conversion
 A descendant of one of the Seven Nations