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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 king laid siege on Jerusalem, marked by the 10th of Tevet
 Caesar
 Brutus
 Antiochus
 Nebuchadnezzar
 Ahasuerus

 

Question 2. The 17th of Tammuz marks the beginning of
 The High Holidays
 The Three Weeks before Tisha B'av
 Winter
 The counting of the Omer

 

Question 3. 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 4. None of the four minor fast days cannot occur
 In January
 On Shabbat
 On a Tuesday
 In the summer
 During a leap year

 

Question 5. Which of these events happened, according to the Mishnah, on the 17th of Tammuz?
 An idol was built in the Temple before the Maccabean revolt
 The gates of Jerusalem were breached by the Romas
 Moses smashed the original Ten Commandments
 Cessation of daily sacrifices in the Temple
 All of these

 

Question 6. The following prayer is said on minor fast days
 Al Hanissim
 Avinu Malkeinu
 Kiddish
 Hoshanah

 

Question 7. 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