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Rosh Chodesh Quiz

Months in the Jewish calendar begin with a small celebration, known as Rosh Chodesh. Historically Rosh Chodesh was marked with a festive meal and the blowing of a shofar. Today Rosh Chodesh is commemorated with special prayers in synagogue. How much do you know about Rosh Chodesh?



Question 1. Among whom did Yom Kippur Katan originate?
 Safed Kabbalists in the 16th century
 Safed Kabbalists in the 13th century
 Talmudic rabbis in the 4th century
 Talmudic rabbis in the 10th century

 

Question 2. Rosh Chodesh is the
 New moon
 New year
 New day
 New week

 

Question 3. Amongst kabbalists, Yom Kippur Katan was observed by
 Feasting
 Fasting
 Traveling to Jerusalem
 Tilling farmland
 Volunteering

 

Question 4. Kiddush halevanah means
 Sanctification of the moon
 Blessing the new year
 Blessing grapes
 Cursing the moon
 Praising god

 

Question 5. Which piece of Jewish literature tells the story of the moon becoming smaller than the sun
 The Torah
 The Shulhan Arukh
 The Mishneh Torah
 The Talmud
 The Tosefta

 

Question 6. True or false: Women’s Rosh Chodesh groups are always formed with the intention of discussing the previous week’s Torah portion.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. On Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh, why is an announcement made in synagogue about which day of the coming week the new moon will fall?
 To increase people’s contributions to the synagogue
 To tell people what day not to go to work
 To let people know when the festival falls, so they can add the appropriate prayers
 To signify that God is watching us carefully to make sure we observe the festival