Minor Fasts QuizThe 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 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 2. What anniversary does the Tenth of Tevet mark?
The birthday of Nebuchadnezzar, the tyrant who exiled the Jews
The beginning of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem
The day before the first Passover offering
The day that the walls of Jerusalem were breached
Question 3. Which fast day only applies to certain people?
Tenth of Tevet
Fast of the Firstborn
Fast of Esther
Question 4. If someone voluntarily fasts on Shabbat, what is the penalty according to Jewish law?
Bringing a sacrifice to the Temple
Fasting another day
Reciting the al-het prayer and banging one's fist against one's chest
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. 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
Eat matzah for an extra day
None of these
Question 7. Which is not a reason to hold a personal fast?
The death of a close relative
Forgetting to fast on a public fast day
Asking forgiveness from God
A bad dream