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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. Who first allowed Jews to pray at the Western Wall?
 None of the above


Question 2. Which line in the Book of Lamentations is read aloud by the whole congregation?
 "How lonely sits the city once full of people"
 "I thought my strength and hope in the Lord had perished"
 "Turn us to you, O Lord, and we will return. Renew our days as of old."
 "Those who died by the sword were better off than those who perished by hunger"


Question 3. Beginning on the 1st of Av, traditionally people
 Hold festive parties
 Start reciting Selichot prayers
 Do not eat meat
 Do not drink water
 Read from two Torah scrolls


Question 4. In the three-week period before Tisha BAv, 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 5. On Tisha BAv, people
 Refraining from washing
 Refraining from sexual relations
 Refraining from wearing leather
 All of the above


Question 6. What is special name for the Shabbat immediately before Tisha BAv?
 Shabbat Hazon
 Shabbat Zakhor
 Shabbat Hahodesh
 Shabbat Shuva


Question 7. True or False: Eikha is read with a special cantillation tune.