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. Talmudic Judaism considered you Jewish if
 Your mother was Jewish
 Your father was Jewish
 You converted to Judaism in a halakhic manner
 Both a and c


Question 2. Can a doctor perform a circumcision instead of a mohel?


Question 3. True or false: A new convert traditionally adopts Abraham and Sarah as spiritual parents.


Question 4. Which of these women is the biblical prototype of a convert?


Question 5. What is giyur?
 A convert
 A potential convert
 A descendant of one of the Seven Nations


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


Question 8. When did Jews engage in active proselytizing?
 In the Middle Ages
 Under the Roman Empire
 Between World War I and World War II


Question 9. What is the Hebrew term for immersion in the mikveh?
 Simhat Bat


Question 10. 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