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. Which fast day only applies to certain people?
Tenth of Tevet
Fast of the Firstborn
Fast of Esther
Question 2. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days
Question 3. How can a firstborn son get out of his obligation to fast on Erev Pesach?
Attend a "siyyum," or conclusion, of a book of Talmud being read
Eat matzah for an extra day
None of these
Question 4. 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 5. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?
Question 6. True or False: Is the Fast of Esther always observed on the day before Purim?
Question 7. Which of the following is not a traditional Jewish fast?
A fast of words
A half-day fast
A fast from eating but not drinking
A fast from one Shabbat to the next