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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. True or False: Is the Fast of Esther always observed on the day before Purim?


Question 2. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days
 Bava Batra


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 prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?


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. If someone voluntarily fasts on Shabbat, what is the penalty according to Jewish law?
 Bringing a sacrifice to the Temple
 Fasting another day
 Reciting psalms
 Reciting the al-het prayer and banging one's fist against one's chest


Question 7. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?