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 prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?
Question 2. 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
Question 3. None of the four minor fast days cannot occur
On a Tuesday
In the summer
During a leap year
Question 4. What did leaders of the Hasidic movement recommend instead of fasting on non-fixed fast days?
Increasing one's performance of good deeds
The addition of a fourth Amidah to one's daily prayers
Preparing and eating a joyous meal
Question 5. Who does the Fast of Gedaliah honor?
A Babylonian-appointed official who was put in charge of the Jews
One of the fairest and most equitable judges in the Book of Judges
A non-Jewish woman who married the evil king Nebuchadnezzar and murdered him in his sleep
The first and fifth Chabad rebbes
Question 6. Which king laid siege on Jerusalem, marked by the 10th of Tevet
Question 7. 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