Brief guide to big is­sues

The Jewish Chronicle - - EDUCATION - BY JC RE­PORTER

THE LON­DON School of Jewish Stud­ies has pro­duced a mini-book on ques­tions of faith and Jewish iden­tity which will be avail­able in 30 syn­a­gogues over Rosh Hashanah.

Big Ques­tions, Brief An­swers con­sists of 33 ques­tions and an­swers on God, To­rah, prayer, Is­rael, the en­vi­ron­ment and other con­tem­po­rary is­sues, writ­ten by LSJS dean Rabbi Raphael Zarum and the late Mau­reen Kendler, a pop­u­lar lec­turer at the col­lege who died in Fe­bru­ary.

The ques­tions were put to the au­thors over the years “by chil­dren and adults, teach­ers and par­ents, stu­dents and re­tirees, teenagers and grand­par­ents, some re­li­gious and some less so, all strug­gling to find mean­ing­ful an­swers to some of the big­gest ques­tions,” Rabbi Zarum says in the in­tro­duc­tion.

Writ­ing in an ac­ces­si­ble style for young peo­ple, they found that “many adults also ap­pre­ci­ated our straight­for­ward and suc­cinct re­sponses”.

Which of these is not a name for Rosh Hashanah given in the Tanach or Jewish liturgy? a. Yom Hazikaron b. Rosh Cha­doshim c. Yom Hadin d. Yom Teruah e. Yom Harat Olam

How many clear days be­tween Rosh Hashanah and the next fast day in the Jewish cal­en­dar? a. none c. nine d. 15 e. 36

Tash­lich is: a. an ad­di­tional Rosh Hashanah ser­vice b. the longest sound of the sho­far c. the prayer re­cited next to a river on Rosh Hashanah af­ter­noon d. the spe­cial gar­ment worn by the rabbi on Rosh


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