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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. 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 3. Which is NOT a Reform guideline for conversion?
 A convert must keep kosher both inside the home and outside the home
 A convert must accept Judaism to the exclusion of all other faiths and practices in his/her life
 A convert must observe Shabbat and Jewish holidays
 A convert must commit him/herself to tzedakah and tikkun olam


Question 4. 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


Question 5. 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 6. 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?


Question 7. What is the first step to converting to Judaism in the Reform approach?
 Immersion in a ritual bath
 Taking a series of classes
 Marrying a Jew
 Saying a prayer solidifying a potential convert's commitment


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


Question 9. True or false: An infant can be converted to Judaism without its consent?


Question 10. 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