Rosh Chodesh

Alternative Spellings

Rosh Hodesh

Definitions

  • start of a new month in the Hebrew calendar

Example Sentences

  • "In Judaism, Rosh Chodesh has become known as the women's holiday." -www.thecollaborative.org/rosh_chodesh

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

ראש חודש 'lit. head of the month'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Notes

Rosh Hodesh is a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar, and includes additions to the liturgy.

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