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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. When is birkat hachodesh said?
 Every Shabbat
 On the last Shabbat of each Hebrew month
 The day before the new moon
 The day after the new moon

 

Question 2. 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 3. The special Rosh Chodesh Torah reading is from which book?
 Genesis
 Exodus
 Numbers
 Tazria

 

Question 4. True or false: In the Talmud, standing outside to gaze at and bless the moon is a commanded ritual.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. 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 6. Kiddush halevanah means
 Sanctification of the moon
 Blessing the new year
 Blessing grapes
 Cursing the moon
 Praising god

 

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