Rosh Chodesh

Pronunciations

Rosh Chodesh (rosh KHO-desh) listen

Definitions

  • n. Start of a new month in the Hebrew calendar.

Example Sentences

  • "Indeed, although the semi-holiday of Rosh Chodesh is celebrated by both men and women, there's a special feminine connection to the day." (source)

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
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      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).

      Alternative Spellings

      Rosh Hodesh

Notes

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

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