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

 

Question 3. True or false: In the Talmud, standing outside to gaze at and bless the moon is a commanded ritual.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. Kiddush halevanah means
 Sanctification of the moon
 Blessing the new year
 Blessing grapes
 Cursing the moon
 Praising god

 

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. 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