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. 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 2. The initials (in Hebrew) for the words "Roshei Chadoshim" are "ReCHeM," which is the Hebrew word for:

Woman Moon Baby Womb Daughter

Qustion 3. True or false: In the Talmud, standing outside to gaze at and bless the moon is a commanded ritual.

True False

Qustion 4. 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 5. 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 6. Kiddush halevanah means

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

Qustion 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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 10. True or false: Women’s Rosh Chodesh groups are always formed with the intention of discussing the previous week’s Torah portion.

True False
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