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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. 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 2. 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 3. What is a brit milah?
 Baby naming for a boy
 Baby naming for a girl
 Oath of commitment to Judaism
 Circumcision

 

Question 4. 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 5. For traditional Jews, a convert must assent to kabbalat ol ha-mitzvot, which is what?
 Observing a few selected commandments
 Committing to the performance of the Jewish commandments
 Accepting the validity of the Jewish commandments
 Both A & B
 Both B & C

 

Question 6. What does the Hebrew word brit mean?
 Daughter
 Circumcision
 Covenant
 Celebration

 

Question 7. According to traditional Judaism, who has sole authority to authorize a conversion to Judaism?
 A beit din
 Your local rabbi
 A referendum at a synagogue
 Oneself

 

Question 8. 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 9. 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 10. True or false: An infant can be converted to Judaism without its consent?
 True
 False