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

 

Question 2. Amongst kabbalists, Yom Kippur Katan was observed by
 Feasting
 Fasting
 Traveling to Jerusalem
 Tilling farmland
 Volunteering

 

Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. When was the first modem Rosh Chodesh ritual guide for women (Miriam's Well), published?
 1986
 1960
 1992
 2001

 

Question 7. Rosh Chodesh is the
 New moon
 New year
 New day
 New week