Conversion QuizThe 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
Question 2. In the biblical period, how did people join the Israelite nation?
Through immersing themselves in a mikveh
Through assimilation into the community
Only through birth; converts were not accepted
Question 3. Which of these women is the biblical prototype of a convert?
Question 4. 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
Question 5. True or false: In most Jewish communities, circumcision is not required to convert a baby boy.
Question 6. What is the Hebrew term for the three-person rabbinic court that takes responsibility for a conversion?
Question 7. 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 8. 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 9. What is a brit milah?
Baby naming for a boy
Baby naming for a girl
Oath of commitment to Judaism
Question 10. 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"