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. 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 2. Rosh Chodesh is the
Question 3. Amongst kabbalists, Yom Kippur Katan was observed by
Traveling to Jerusalem
Question 4. Kiddush halevanah means
Sanctification of the moon
Blessing the new year
Cursing the moon
Question 5. Which piece of Jewish literature tells the story of the moon becoming smaller than the sun
The Shulhan Arukh
The Mishneh Torah
Question 6. True or false: Women’s Rosh Chodesh groups are always formed with the intention of discussing the previous week’s Torah portion.
Question 7. 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