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

 

Question 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

 

Question 4. 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

 

Question 5. When was the first modem Rosh Chodesh ritual guide for women (Miriam's Well), published?
 1986
 1960
 1992
 2001

 

Question 6. 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 7. Kiddush halevanah means
 Sanctification of the moon
 Blessing the new year
 Blessing grapes
 Cursing the moon
 Praising god