Brief guide to big issues
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 b.seven 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