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 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 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. True or False: Is the Fast of Esther always observed on the day before Purim?
Question 4. Which minor fast day is mentioned in the Torah?
Seventeenth of Tammuz
Tenth of Tevet
All of these
None of these
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. What anniversary does the Tenth of Tevet mark?
The birthday of Nebuchadnezzar, the tyrant who exiled the Jews
The beginning of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem
The day before the first Passover offering
The day that the walls of Jerusalem were breached
Question 7. 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