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Tisha B'Av Quiz

The fast day Tisha B'Av commemorates the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem and many other tragedies throughout Jewish history. How much do you know about Tisha B'Av?

Question 1. What is a kinah?
 A mournful prayer
 One of the elegies written by the Spanish philosopher Judah HaLevi
 Retellings and remembrances for destroyed Jewish communities
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 2. In the three-week period before Tisha BíAv, which of these activities do traditional Jews refrain from?
 Hosting or attending celebrations, such as weddings
 Listening to music
 Shaving and getting haircuts
 All of the above


Question 3. Tisha B'Av never occurs
 In August
 In July
 On Shabbat
 On Tuesday
 In the Southern Hemisphere


Question 4. Which tragic event is not thought to have happened on Tisha B'Bv
 The capture of Bethar, which marked the final defeat of Bar Kokhba's rebellion against the Romans
 The signing of the edict of King Edward I compelling the Jews of England to leave the country
 The expulsion of the Jews from Spain
 Hamanís destruction of the Jews of Persia


Question 5. How many Jews died in the war for independence against the Romans?
 Less than ten
 Over one million


Question 6. True or false: Some Jews believe that a need for Tisha B'Av no longer exists.


Question 7. Who was Bar Kokhba?
 The last High Priest before the destruction of the Temple
 The Jew who betrayed Jerusalem to the Romans
 A Jewish warrior who fought against the Romans
 The composer of Lamentations