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. 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 2. True or false: Most Reform rabbis do not permit conversions for the sake of marriage, holding that such converts cannot truly be sincere Jews.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. True or false: In most Jewish communities, circumcision is not required to convert a baby boy.
 True
 False

 

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

 

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 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