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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 significant about the Shabbat following Tisha B'Av?
 It is also a fast day
 Tallit are worn at Minhah instead of Shaharit
 A special haftarah, Haftarat Nahamu, is read
 One loaf of challah is eaten instead of two


Question 2. Which of these is NOT a term for the three weeks preceding Tisha B'Av?
 The Three Weeks
 The Days of Mourning
 Bein Ha-Metzarim
 Between the Straits


Question 3. Which Byzantine emperor allowed Jews to pray at the Western Wall on Tisha B'av
 Mehmed II


Question 4. 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 5. Who composed the Book of Lamentations?
 Bar Kokhba
 Rabbi Akiva


Question 6. 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 7. Kinot are
 Beans not to be eaten on Passover
 Prayers of mourning
 Special Torah readings
 Skits telling the story of the Temple
 Songs of praise