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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 fast day only applies to certain people?
 Tenth of Tevet
 Fast of the Firstborn
 Fast of Esther
 Yom Kippur

 

Question 2. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days
 Ta'anit
 Bikkurim
 Yoma
 Zavim
 Bava Batra

 

Question 3. How can a firstborn son get out of his obligation to fast on Erev Pesach?
 Attend a "siyyum," or conclusion, of a book of Talmud being read
 Sleep in
 Eat matzah for an extra day
 None of these

 

Question 4. 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 5. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?
 None
 4
 6
 12

 

Question 6. True or False: Is the Fast of Esther always observed on the day before Purim?
 True
 False

 

Question 7. 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