Rosh Chodesh QuizMonths 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. The special Rosh Chodesh Torah reading is from which book?
Question 2. 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
Question 3. From the 16th to the early 20th centuries, the women of Eastern Europe wrote special Rosh Chodesh tekhines, which are
Question 4. 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
Question 5. 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
Question 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
Question 7. 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