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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


Question 2. Most minor fasts are connected with
 The destruction of the Temple
 The Holocaust
 The Crusades


Question 3. How can a firstborn son get out of his obligation to fast on Erev Pesach?
 Attend a "siyyum," or conclusion, of a book of Talmud being read
 Sleep in
 Eat matzah for an extra day
 None of these


Question 4. 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 5. 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 6. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?


Question 7. 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