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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. The initials (in Hebrew) for the words "Roshei Chadoshim" are "ReCHeM," which is the Hebrew word for:
 Woman
 Moon
 Baby
 Womb
 Daughter

 

Question 2. Kiddush halevanah means
 Sanctification of the moon
 Blessing the new year
 Blessing grapes
 Cursing the moon
 Praising god

 

Question 3. 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 4. The special Rosh Chodesh Torah reading is from which book?
 Genesis
 Exodus
 Numbers
 Tazria

 

Question 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

 

Question 6. Rosh Chodesh is the
 New moon
 New year
 New day
 New week

 

Question 7. 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