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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 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 2. True or false: In most Jewish communities, circumcision is not required to convert a baby boy.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. True or false: All mikvehs are run by the Orthodox movement.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. True or false: A new convert traditionally adopts Abraham and Sarah as spiritual parents.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. What is the Hebrew term for the three-person rabbinic court that takes responsibility for a conversion?
 Mohel
 Beit Din
 Knesset
 Tevillah

 

Question 6. True or false: All Conservative rabbis will agree to convert a Jew if the primary motivation for the conversion is marriage.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. What is a kelim mikveh?
 A mikveh for children
 A mikveh for sinners
 A mikveh for the ultra-Orthodox
 A mikveh for dishes

 

Question 8. What does the Hebrew word brit mean?
 Daughter
 Circumcision
 Covenant
 Celebration

 

Question 9. In the biblical period, how did people join the Israelite nation?
 Through immersing themselves in a mikveh
 Through circumcision
 Through assimilation into the community
 Only through birth; converts were not accepted

 

Question 10. Which of these women is the biblical prototype of a convert?
 Miriam
 Esther
 Deborah
 Ruth