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

 

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

 

Question 5. Amongst kabbalists, Yom Kippur Katan was observed by
 Feasting
 Fasting
 Traveling to Jerusalem
 Tilling farmland
 Volunteering

 

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

 

Question 7. 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