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Rosh Hashanah Quiz

Rosh Hashanah is a time when Jews reflect on their actions and try to make amends with each other and God, and it is also the Jewish New Year. How much do you know about Rosh Hashanah?

Question 1. Many people see the High Holiday season beginning with the 17th of Tammuz and ending with
 Simchat Torah


Question 2. Which came first chronologically, the commandment to observe Rosh Hashanah or the commandment to observe Rosh Chodesh?
 Rosh Chodesh.
 Rosh Hashanah.
 Both commandments appear in the Torah simultaneously.


Question 3. Which holiday is the conclusion of the High Holiday cycle?
 Yom Kippur
 Kol Nidre
 Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
 None of the above.


Question 4. Because Reform Jews do not recite the musaf service, when do Reform congregations blow the shofar?
 Only on Yom Kippur.
 The shofar is not sounded.
 After every mention of God's name.
 During the Rosh Hashanah morning service.
 None of the above.


Question 5. According to Rabbi Irving Greenberg, when the Rosh Hashanah liturgy focuses on death, what is it really talking about?
 Physical death.
 Spiritual death.
 Daily routines and psychic numbness, a "death in life."
 Our prayers not being answered.


Question 6. What is the earliest source of sounding the shofar on Rosh Hashanah?
 The Torah.
 The Mishnah.
 The Gemara.
 The medieval rabbis.
 It is left up to the rabbi of each congregation.


Question 7. The rabbis in the Talmud thought that the day of Rosh Hashanah coincides with which day of creation?
 The first day
 The fourth day
 The sixth day
 The seventh day