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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. True or False: Is the Fast of Esther always observed on the day before Purim?
 True
 False

 

Question 2. None of the four minor fast days cannot occur
 In January
 On Shabbat
 On a Tuesday
 In the summer
 During a leap year

 

Question 3. Ta'anit Bekhorim reminds us of which plague
 The 1st--Blood
 The 2rd--Frogs
 The 6th--Boils
 The 8th--Locusts
 The 10th--Death of the firstborn

 

Question 4. 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 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. 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 7. Which prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?
 Jeremiah
 Nebuchadnezzar
 Zedekiah
 Delaiah