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


Question 2. 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 3. True or false: In most Jewish communities, circumcision is not required to convert a baby boy.


Question 4. Who usually performs the act of circumcision?
 The Rabbi
 The Hazzan
 The Father
 The Mohel


Question 5. True or false: All Conservative rabbis will agree to convert a Jew if the primary motivation for the conversion is marriage.


Question 6. True or false: Most Reform rabbis do not permit conversions for the sake of marriage, holding that such converts cannot truly be sincere Jews.


Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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 10. 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