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 king laid siege on Jerusalem, marked by the 10th of Tevet
Question 2. If someone voluntarily fasts on Shabbat, what is the penalty according to Jewish law?
Bringing a sacrifice to the Temple
Fasting another day
Reciting the al-het prayer and banging one's fist against one's chest
Question 3. Which prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?
Question 4. Which fast day only applies to certain people?
Tenth of Tevet
Fast of the Firstborn
Fast of Esther
Question 5. 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 6. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?
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