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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. In the outdoor blessing of the moon, which of the following is NOT a synonym for God meaning “creator”?
 Borei
 Koneh
 Poel
 Melekh
 Yotser

 

Question 2. 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 3. True or False: Yom Kippur Katan is observed by most Jews today
 True
 False

 

Question 4. True or false: In the Talmud, standing outside to gaze at and bless the moon is a commanded ritual.
 True
 False

 

Question 5. 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 6. The initials (in Hebrew) for the words "Roshei Chadoshim" are "ReCHeM," which is the Hebrew word for:
 Woman
 Moon
 Baby
 Womb
 Daughter

 

Question 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