Rosh Chodesh QuizMonths 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. 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
Question 2. From the 16th to the early 20th centuries, the women of Eastern Europe wrote special Rosh Chodesh tekhines, which are
Question 3. Yom Kippur Katan (Minor Yom Kippur) happens
The day of Rosh Chodesh
The day after Rosh Chodesh
The day before Rosh Chodesh
One week before Rosh Chodesh
Question 4. 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 5. Birkat hachodesh means
The blessing of a new day
The blessing of the new month
The blessing of exiting one month and entering another
The blessing of being holy
Question 6. The special Torah reading for Rosh Chodesh describes
The position of the moon
Women's menstrual cycles
The sacrifices given at the Temple on Rosh Chodesh
The wandering in the desert
The story of Passover
Question 7. In the outdoor blessing of the moon, which of the following is NOT a synonym for God meaning “creator”?