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. 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 3. The special Torah reading for Rosh Chodesh describes

The position of the moon Women's menstrual cycles The sacrifices given at the Temple on Rosh Chodesh The wandering in the desert The story of Passover

Qustion 4. 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 5. 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 6. 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 7. True or false: Women’s Rosh Chodesh groups are always formed with the intention of discussing the previous week’s Torah portion.

True False

Qustion 8. 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 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. When was the first modem Rosh Chodesh ritual guide for women (Miriam's Well), published?

1986 1960 1992 2001
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