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

 

Question 4. What was the first movement to create an outreach program for intermarried couples?
 Orthodox
 Conservative
 Reform
 Reconstructionist

 

Question 5. 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 6. True or false: In most Jewish communities, circumcision is not required to convert a baby boy.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. How much of your body must be immersed in the mikveh?
 Just your feet
 Up to your waist
 Up to your shoulders
 Your entire body

 

Question 8. What is the Hebrew term for the three-person rabbinic court that takes responsibility for a conversion?
 Mohel
 Beit Din
 Knesset
 Tevillah

 

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

 

Question 10. 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