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

 

Question 2. What is the Hebrew term for immersion in the mikveh?
 Minhag
 Brit
 Tevillah
 Simhat Bat

 

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

 

Question 4. 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

 

Question 5. What blessing does a convert recite after immersion in the mikveh?
 Blessed are You...who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us regarding immersion.
 Blessed are You...who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us regarding conversion.
 Blessed are you...who distinguishes between holy and profane, between the people of Israel and the other nations.
 Blessed are you...who is the true judge.

 

Question 6. 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 7. The Jewish conversion process reflects which historical process?
 When the Israelites became God's people and accepted God's covenant at Sinai
 When Abraham circumcised himself
 When Noah accepted a covenant with God in the form of a rainbow
 When babies were accepted into the Jewish community by the Temple priests

 

Question 8. What was the first movement to create an outreach program for intermarried couples?
 Orthodox
 Conservative
 Reform
 Reconstructionist

 

Question 9. 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?
 Genesis
 Exodus
 Leviticus
 Numbers
 Deuteronomy

 

Question 10. Can a doctor perform a circumcision instead of a mohel?
 Yes
 No