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. What is the Hebrew term for the three-person rabbinic court that takes responsibility for a conversion?
Question 2. What is the hatafat dam brit ceremony?
The ritual extraction of a drop of blood if the convert is already circumcised
When the Beit Din meets to discuss the conversion
Immersion in the mikveh
The process for selecting a Hebrew name for a future convert
Question 3. 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 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. 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 6. Which biblical book has a passage that refers to converts, and, according to R. Ishmael, guarantees converts the same civil law protections as native Israelites?
Question 7. What is the first step to converting to Judaism in the Reform approach?
Immersion in a ritual bath
Taking a series of classes
Marrying a Jew
Saying a prayer solidifying a potential convert's commitment
Question 8. True or false: In most Jewish communities, circumcision is not required to convert a baby boy.
Question 9. True or false: An infant can be converted to Judaism without its consent?
Question 10. What happened to Warder Cresson after he converted to Judaism?
He became a rabbi
He became a cantor
He was put on trial for insanity
He became the first Jewish mayor in America