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


Question 2. What happened to Warder Cresson after he converted to Judaism?
 He became a rabbi
 He became a cantor
 He was put on trial for insanity
 He became the first Jewish mayor in America


Question 3. Which is the proper order of the conversion process?
 Mikveh, Beit Din, Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, taking a Hebrew name
 Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, Beit Din, mikveh, taking a Hebrew name
 Taking a Hebrew name, Beit Din, Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, mikveh
 Beit Din, taking a Hebrew name, Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, mikveh


Question 4. What was the first movement to create an outreach program for intermarried couples?


Question 5. Who usually performs the act of circumcision?
 The Rabbi
 The Hazzan
 The Father
 The Mohel


Question 6. 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 7. Which movement controls the conversion process in Israel?


Question 8. True or false: An infant can be converted to Judaism without its consent?


Question 9. When did the Jewish "tradition" of dissuading potential converts originate?
 In the biblical period
 In the time of the Talmud
 In the Middle Ages
 During the German Enlightenment


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