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 of :

Qustion 1. Yom Kippur Katan (Minor Yom Kippur) happens

The day of Rosh Chodesh The day after Rosh Chodesh The day before Rosh Chodesh One week before Rosh Chodesh

Qustion 2. Birkat hachodesh means

The blessing of a new day The blessing of the new month The blessing of exiting one month and entering another The blessing of being holy

Qustion 3. The special Rosh Chodesh Torah reading is from which book?

Genesis Exodus Numbers Tazria

Qustion 4. 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

Qustion 5. True or False: Yom Kippur Katan is observed by most Jews today

True False

Qustion 6. True or false: In the Talmud, standing outside to gaze at and bless the moon is a commanded ritual.

True False

Qustion 7. Amongst kabbalists, Yom Kippur Katan was observed by

Feasting Fasting Traveling to Jerusalem Tilling farmland Volunteering

Qustion 8. Rosh Chodesh is the

New moon New year New day New week

Qustion 9. In the outdoor blessing of the moon, which of the following is NOT a synonym for God meaning “creator”?

Borei Koneh Poel Melekh Yotser

Qustion 10. 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
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