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

True False

Qustion 2. From the 16th to the early 20th centuries, the women of Eastern Europe wrote special Rosh Chodesh tekhines, which are

Psalms Personal prayers D'vrei Torah Poems Folktales

Qustion 3. 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

Qustion 4. 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 5. 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

Qustion 6. Kiddush halevanah means

Sanctification of the moon Blessing the new year Blessing grapes Cursing the moon Praising god

Qustion 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

Qustion 8. Amongst kabbalists, Yom Kippur Katan was observed by

Feasting Fasting Traveling to Jerusalem Tilling farmland Volunteering

Qustion 9. 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

Qustion 10. 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
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