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

 

Question 3. 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 4. What does conversion to Judaism require?
 Serious study
 Active participation in Jewish holiday and lifecycle events
 A commitment to Jewish practice
 All of the above

 

Question 5. How do the talmudic rabbis describe the proper conviction a convert to Judaism should have?
 "A blessing from God"
 "For the sake of Heaven"
 "A transformation of self"
 "An evolution into a sincere Jew"

 

Question 6. In the book of Exodus, non-Israelites who fled Egypt with the Hebrews were referred to as what?
 A Mixed Multitude
 Christians
 Holier Than A Friend
 Light of God

 

Question 7. True or false: An infant can be converted to Judaism without its consent?
 True
 False

 

Question 8. True or false: A new convert traditionally adopts Abraham and Sarah as spiritual parents.
 True
 False

 

Question 9. What does the Hebrew word brit mean?
 Daughter
 Circumcision
 Covenant
 Celebration

 

Question 10. 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.