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. True or false: In the Talmud, standing outside to gaze at and bless the moon is a commanded ritual.
Question 2. Amongst kabbalists, Yom Kippur Katan was observed by
Traveling to Jerusalem
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?
Question 7. Rosh Chodesh is the