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. 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 2. True or false: In the Talmud, standing outside to gaze at and bless the moon is a commanded ritual.
Question 3. When was the first modem Rosh Chodesh ritual guide for women (Miriam's Well), published?
Question 4. 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
Question 5. True or false: Women’s Rosh Chodesh groups are always formed with the intention of discussing the previous week’s Torah portion.
Question 6. 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 7. Kiddush halevanah means
Sanctification of the moon
Blessing the new year
Cursing the moon