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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 prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?


Question 2. 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 3. Some people fast on the 7th day of Adar, which is believed to be...
 The day Moses received the Ten Commandments
 The day the Red Sea split into two
 The day Moses died
 The day Pharaoh died
 The day the world was created


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 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


Question 6. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days
 Bava Batra


Question 7. Most minor fasts are connected with
 The destruction of the Temple
 The Holocaust
 The Crusades