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. 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 2. 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 3. Ta'anit Bekhorim reminds us of which plague
The 10th--Death of the firstborn
Question 4. Which fast day only applies to certain people?
Tenth of Tevet
Fast of the Firstborn
Fast of Esther
Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. The 17th of Tammuz marks the beginning of
The High Holidays
The Three Weeks before Tisha B'av
The counting of the Omer