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

 

Question 2. The initials (in Hebrew) for the words "Roshei Chadoshim" are "ReCHeM," which is the Hebrew word for:
 Woman
 Moon
 Baby
 Womb
 Daughter

 

Question 3. 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 4. Rosh Chodesh is the
 New moon
 New year
 New day
 New week

 

Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. When is birkat hachodesh said?
 Every Shabbat
 On the last Shabbat of each Hebrew month
 The day before the new moon
 The day after the new moon