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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. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?
 None
 4
 6
 12

 

Question 2. 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 3. Which king laid siege on Jerusalem, marked by the 10th of Tevet
 Caesar
 Brutus
 Antiochus
 Nebuchadnezzar
 Ahasuerus

 

Question 4. 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 5. 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

 

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. 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