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Minor Fasts Quiz

The 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. Which prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?
 Jeremiah
 Nebuchadnezzar
 Zedekiah
 Delaiah

 

Question 2. 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 3. None of the four minor fast days cannot occur
 In January
 On Shabbat
 On a Tuesday
 In the summer
 During a leap year

 

Question 4. What did leaders of the Hasidic movement recommend instead of fasting on non-fixed fast days?
 Increasing one's performance of good deeds
 The addition of a fourth Amidah to one's daily prayers
 Preparing and eating a joyous meal
 Studying Torah

 

Question 5. 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 6. Which king laid siege on Jerusalem, marked by the 10th of Tevet
 Caesar
 Brutus
 Antiochus
 Nebuchadnezzar
 Ahasuerus

 

Question 7. If someone voluntarily fasts on Shabbat, what is the penalty according to Jewish law?
 Bringing a sacrifice to the Temple
 Fasting another day
 Reciting psalms
 Reciting the al-het prayer and banging one's fist against one's chest