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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. 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


Question 2. 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 3. 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 4. The blast of the shofar called the tekiah consists of:
 A single, long blast
 Three shorter blasts
 Nine staccato blasts
 An extra long, single blast


Question 5. Which is true of the tashlikh service?
 Its purpose is to cast off ("tashlikh") one's sins.
 It may be done in a body of water containing fish.
 Throwing bread in the water is not required.
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 6. Which is NOT added to morning prayers on Rosh Hashanah?


Question 7. 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.