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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. 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 psalms
 Reciting the al-het prayer and banging one's fist against one's chest


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. Which minor fast day is mentioned in the Torah?
 Seventeenth of Tammuz
 Tzom Gedaliah
 Tenth of Tevet
 All of these
 None of these


Question 5. The following prayer is said on minor fast days
 Al Hanissim
 Avinu Malkeinu


Question 6. 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 7. Which of the following is a traditional custom associated with minor fast days?
 Giving an additional amount of tzedakah, or charity
 Not performing work
 Staying up all night
 Not wearing leather shoes