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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 is the proper order of the conversion process?
 Mikveh, Beit Din, Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, taking a Hebrew name
 Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, Beit Din, mikveh, taking a Hebrew name
 Taking a Hebrew name, Beit Din, Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, mikveh
 Beit Din, taking a Hebrew name, Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, mikveh


Question 2. 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 3. Which of these is not one of the steps of a traditional conversion?
 Immersion in a ritual pool
 Brit milah (for men)
 Acceptance of all the mitzvot, including keeping Shabbat and kashrut
 The marriage ceremony


Question 4. True or false: A new convert traditionally adopts Abraham and Sarah as spiritual parents.


Question 5. 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


Question 6. Can a doctor perform a circumcision instead of a mohel?


Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. What is a brit milah?
 Baby naming for a boy
 Baby naming for a girl
 Oath of commitment to Judaism


Question 10. True or false: In most Jewish communities, circumcision is not required to convert a baby boy.