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

 

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

 

Question 6. How much of your body must be immersed in the mikveh?
 Just your feet
 Up to your waist
 Up to your shoulders
 Your entire body

 

Question 7. How do the talmudic rabbis describe the proper conviction a convert to Judaism should have?
 "A blessing from God"
 "For the sake of Heaven"
 "A transformation of self"
 "An evolution into a sincere Jew"

 

Question 8. What is the Hebrew term for the three-person rabbinic court that takes responsibility for a conversion?
 Mohel
 Beit Din
 Knesset
 Tevillah

 

Question 9. 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.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. 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