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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 the Hebrew word brit mean?


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: A new convert traditionally adopts Abraham and Sarah as spiritual parents.


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


Question 5. True or false: All mikvehs are run by the Orthodox movement.


Question 6. Talmudic Judaism considered you Jewish if
 Your mother was Jewish
 Your father was Jewish
 You converted to Judaism in a halakhic manner
 Both a and c


Question 7. When did the Jewish "tradition" of dissuading potential converts originate?
 In the biblical period
 In the time of the Talmud
 In the Middle Ages
 During the German Enlightenment


Question 8. True or false: All Conservative rabbis will agree to convert a Jew if the primary motivation for the conversion is marriage.


Question 9. 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 10. Which of these is not one of the steps of a traditional conversion?
 Immersion in a ritual pool
 Brit milah (for men)
 Acceptance of all the mitzvot, including keeping Shabbat and kashrut
 The marriage ceremony