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. For traditional Jews, a convert must assent to kabbalat ol ha-mitzvot, which is what?
 Observing a few selected commandments
 Committing to the performance of the Jewish commandments
 Accepting the validity of the Jewish commandments
 Both A & B
 Both B & C


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. When did Jews engage in active proselytizing?
 In the Middle Ages
 Under the Roman Empire
 Between World War I and World War II


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. True or false: All mikvehs are run by the Orthodox movement.


Question 7. Which movement controls the conversion process in Israel?


Question 8. What is a brit milah?
 Baby naming for a boy
 Baby naming for a girl
 Oath of commitment to Judaism


Question 9. 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 10. 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