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


Question 2. Which movement controls the conversion process in Israel?


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. What does conversion to Judaism require?
 Serious study
 Active participation in Jewish holiday and lifecycle events
 A commitment to Jewish practice
 All of the above


Question 5. Who usually performs the act of circumcision?
 The Rabbi
 The Hazzan
 The Father
 The Mohel


Question 6. 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 7. True or false: Jewish law allows people who were converted as infants or children to renounce their conversion when they reach the age of maturity.


Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. True or false: In most Jewish communities, circumcision is not required to convert a baby boy.