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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 a kelim mikveh?
 A mikveh for children
 A mikveh for sinners
 A mikveh for the ultra-Orthodox
 A mikveh for dishes

 

Question 2. 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 3. True or false: All mikvehs are run by the Orthodox movement.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. Which is the proper order of the conversion process?
 Mikveh, Beit Din, Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, taking a Hebrew name
 Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, Beit Din, mikveh, taking a Hebrew name
 Taking a Hebrew name, Beit Din, Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, mikveh
 Beit Din, taking a Hebrew name, Brit milah/hatafat dam brit, mikveh

 

Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. When is the ceremony of hatafat dam brit performed?
 The day after a baby is born
 The day before a boy's Bar Mitzvah
 For an adult male convert prior to his conversion
 The day before a man's wedding

 

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

 

Question 9. 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 10. Can a doctor perform a circumcision instead of a mohel?
 Yes
 No