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. 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 2. Which piece of Jewish literature tells the story of the moon becoming smaller than the sun
The Shulhan Arukh
The Mishneh Torah
Question 3. Amongst kabbalists, Yom Kippur Katan was observed by
Traveling to Jerusalem
Question 4. 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 5. The special Rosh Chodesh Torah reading is from which book?
Question 6. Kiddush halevanah means
Sanctification of the moon
Blessing the new year
Cursing the moon
Question 7. True or false: In the Talmud, standing outside to gaze at and bless the moon is a commanded ritual.