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. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?
Question 2. 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 3. Which king laid siege on Jerusalem, marked by the 10th of Tevet
Question 4. Ta'anit Bekhorim reminds us of which plague
The 10th--Death of the firstborn
Question 5. Which of the following is a traditional custom associated with minor fast days?
Giving an additional amount of tzedakah, or charity
Not performing work
Staying up all night
Not wearing leather shoes
Question 6. Ta'anit Bekhorim takes place on
The 10th of Tevet
The 17th of Tammuz
The 15th of Nissan
The 1st of Nissan
The 14th of Nissan
Question 7. 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