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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 does the conversion of a female infant or child require in the Conservative and Orthodox movements?
 Immersion in the mikveh and a Zeved Habat ceremony
 A birth certificate
 Only immersion in the mikveh
 Only the permission of a Beit Din

 

Question 2. 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 3. The Jewish conversion process reflects which historical process?
 When the Israelites became God's people and accepted God's covenant at Sinai
 When Abraham circumcised himself
 When Noah accepted a covenant with God in the form of a rainbow
 When babies were accepted into the Jewish community by the Temple priests

 

Question 4. 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

 

Question 5. 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 6. Can a doctor perform a circumcision instead of a mohel?
 Yes
 No

 

Question 7. 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 8. True or false: Most Reform rabbis do not permit conversions for the sake of marriage, holding that such converts cannot truly be sincere Jews.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. Which of these women is the biblical prototype of a convert?
 Miriam
 Esther
 Deborah
 Ruth

 

Question 10. 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