Minor Fasts QuizThe four minor fasts on the Jewish calendar commemorate tragedies in Jewish history such as the murder of Gedaliah, the Jewish governor of Judah, and the breach of the walls around Jerusalem in 70 CE. How much do you know about these days?
Question 1. Who does the Fast of Gedaliah honor?
A Babylonian-appointed official who was put in charge of the Jews
One of the fairest and most equitable judges in the Book of Judges
A non-Jewish woman who married the evil king Nebuchadnezzar and murdered him in his sleep
The first and fifth Chabad rebbes
Question 2. Which is not a reason to hold a personal fast?
The death of a close relative
Forgetting to fast on a public fast day
Asking forgiveness from God
A bad dream
Question 3. The following prayer is said on minor fast days
Question 4. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days
Question 5. What does the Fast of Esther commemorate?
The day the Jews were to be slaughtered, until Esther appealed to the king and saved them
The fast Esther began prior to visiting the king
The day that Haman led Mordecai through the streets of Shushan
The yahrzeit of Esther
Question 6. Minor fasts last from...
Sunset the evening before to the following sunset
Sunrise to sunset
From 9 am to 5 pm
From Shema during Shaharit to Shema during Maariv
Sunrise to sunrise the next day
Question 7. None of the four minor fast days cannot occur
On a Tuesday
In the summer
During a leap year