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

 

Question 2. Which prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?
 Jeremiah
 Nebuchadnezzar
 Zedekiah
 Delaiah

 

Question 3. 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

 

Question 4. Most minor fasts are connected with
 Passover
 Shabbat
 The destruction of the Temple
 The Holocaust
 The Crusades

 

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