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


Question 2. 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 3. What is the Hebrew term for the three-person rabbinic court that takes responsibility for a conversion?
 Beit Din


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


Question 5. True or false: A new convert traditionally adopts Abraham and Sarah as spiritual parents.


Question 6. 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 7. What is giyur?
 A convert
 A potential convert
 A descendant of one of the Seven Nations


Question 8. 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 9. 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 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"