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


Question 2. Which is NOT a Reform guideline for conversion?
 A convert must keep kosher both inside the home and outside the home
 A convert must accept Judaism to the exclusion of all other faiths and practices in his/her life
 A convert must observe Shabbat and Jewish holidays
 A convert must commit him/herself to tzedakah and tikkun olam


Question 3. What does the Hebrew word brit mean?


Question 4. Which of these is not one of the steps of a traditional conversion?
 Immersion in a ritual pool
 Brit milah (for men)
 Acceptance of all the mitzvot, including keeping Shabbat and kashrut
 The marriage ceremony


Question 5. What does a convert's immersion in the mikveh symbolize?
 A spiritual rebirth
 Cleansing the convert of past misdeeds
 Preparation for a different future and destiny
 All of the above


Question 6. 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 7. Who usually performs the act of circumcision?
 The Rabbi
 The Hazzan
 The Father
 The Mohel


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


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