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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. Which is NOT a reason that Rosh Chodesh is considered a special day for women?
 According to legend, the holiday was a reward given to the women of Israel because they refused to surrender their jewelry for the creation of the Golden Calf
 The menstrual cycle is similar to the monthly cycle of the moon
 Women are not allowed to celebrate other holidays
 The Zohar frequently likens the moon to the Shekhinah, the female mystical aspect of God

 

Question 2. 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 3. The initials (in Hebrew) for the words "Roshei Chadoshim" are "ReCHeM," which is the Hebrew word for:
 Woman
 Moon
 Baby
 Womb
 Daughter

 

Question 4. True or False: Yom Kippur Katan is observed by most Jews today
 True
 False

 

Question 5. True or false: In the Talmud, standing outside to gaze at and bless the moon is a commanded ritual.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. Rosh Chodesh is the
 New moon
 New year
 New day
 New week

 

Question 7. 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