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 of :

Qustion 1. Some people fast on the 7th day of Adar, which is believed to be...

The day Moses received the Ten Commandments The day the Red Sea split into two The day Moses died The day Pharaoh died The day the world was created

Qustion 2. Which fast day only applies to certain people?

Tenth of Tevet Fast of the Firstborn Fast of Esther Yom Kippur

Qustion 3. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days

Ta'anit Bikkurim Yoma Zavim Bava Batra

Qustion 4. 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

Qustion 5. True or False: Is the Fast of Esther always observed on the day before Purim?

True False

Qustion 6. Ta'anit Bekhorim takes place on

The 10th of Tevet The 17th of Tammuz The 15th of Nissan The 1st of Nissan The 14th of Nissan

Qustion 7. Which is not a reason to hold a personal fast?

The death of a close relative Forgetting to fast on a public fast day Asking forgiveness from God A bad dream

Qustion 8. The following prayer is said on minor fast days

Al Hanissim Avinu Malkeinu Kiddish Hoshanah

Qustion 9. 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

Qustion 10. Which of the following is a traditional custom associated with minor fast days?

Giving an additional amount of tzedakah, or charity Not performing work Staying up all night Not wearing leather shoes
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