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. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days
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. 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 4. Which of these events happened, according to the Mishnah, on the 17th of Tammuz?
An idol was built in the Temple before the Maccabean revolt
The gates of Jerusalem were breached by the Romas
Moses smashed the original Ten Commandments
Cessation of daily sacrifices in the Temple
All of these
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. Most minor fasts are connected with
The destruction of the Temple
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