Rosh Chodesh

Alternative Spellings

Rosh Hodesh


  • start of a new month in the Hebrew calendar

Example Sentences

  • "In Judaism, Rosh Chodesh has become known as the women's holiday."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


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


North America


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


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

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