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. 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 2. 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
Question 3. True or false: Women’s Rosh Chodesh groups are always formed with the intention of discussing the previous week’s Torah portion.
Question 4. Which piece of Jewish literature tells the story of the moon becoming smaller than the sun
The Shulhan Arukh
The Mishneh Torah
Question 5. The special Rosh Chodesh Torah reading is from which book?
Question 6. When is birkat hachodesh said?
On the last Shabbat of each Hebrew month
The day before the new moon
The day after the new moon
Question 7. The initials (in Hebrew) for the words "Roshei Chadoshim" are "ReCHeM," which is the Hebrew word for: