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

 

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

 

Question 3. When did Jews engage in active proselytizing?
 In the Middle Ages
 Under the Roman Empire
 Between World War I and World War II
 Never

 

Question 4. Which of these women is the biblical prototype of a convert?
 Miriam
 Esther
 Deborah
 Ruth

 

Question 5. True or false: A new convert traditionally adopts Abraham and Sarah as spiritual parents.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. 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 7. What is a kelim mikveh?
 A mikveh for children
 A mikveh for sinners
 A mikveh for the ultra-Orthodox
 A mikveh for dishes

 

Question 8. 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.

 

Question 9. 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 10. When is the ceremony of hatafat dam brit performed?
 The day after a baby is born
 The day before a boy's Bar Mitzvah
 For an adult male convert prior to his conversion
 The day before a man's wedding