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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. 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. In the outdoor blessing of the moon, which of the following is NOT a synonym for God meaning “creator”?
 Borei
 Koneh
 Poel
 Melekh
 Yotser

 

Question 3. 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 4. The initials (in Hebrew) for the words "Roshei Chadoshim" are "ReCHeM," which is the Hebrew word for:
 Woman
 Moon
 Baby
 Womb
 Daughter

 

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

 

Question 6. 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 7. 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