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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. Rabbinic tradition gave Rosh Hashanah Jewish significance as the
 Shabbat of the year, because Rosh Hashanah is in the seventh month of the year
 Day when the Jews would go to the Temple and sacrifice rams in honor of the shofar
 Day when the Jews arrived in Israel after wandering in the desert for 40 years
 Anniversary of the day on which the world was created


Question 2. The main ingredients of tzimmes, a popular Rosh Hashanah side dish, are
 Heads of lettuce
 Fish heads


Question 3. 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 4. The name of the month Elul, can be interpreted as an acronym for the Hebrew verse
 "Mi Hamokha" or "Who is like you?"
 "Vayomer Moshe" or "And Moses said"
 "Shema Yisrael" or "Hear O Israel"
 "Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li" or "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine"


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 type of ritual have some Sephardic communities developed for Rosh Hashanah?
 Dipping pomegranates in honey
 Finding new, exotic fruits that family members may not have tried before
 A seder, which revolves around the eating of symbolic foods and the recitation of prayers
 Eating leeks and onions, which are associated with the Exodus from Egypt


Question 7. True or false: According to Jewish tradition, all creatures, human and animal, are judged on Rosh Hashanah.