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. 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

Qustion 2. True or False: Is the Fast of Esther always observed on the day before Purim?

True False

Qustion 3. The 17th of Tammuz marks the beginning of

The High Holidays The Three Weeks before Tisha B'av Winter The counting of the Omer

Qustion 4. What did leaders of the Hasidic movement recommend instead of fasting on non-fixed fast days?

Increasing one's performance of good deeds The addition of a fourth Amidah to one's daily prayers Preparing and eating a joyous meal Studying Torah

Qustion 5. Which minor fast day is mentioned in the Torah?

Seventeenth of Tammuz Tzom Gedaliah Tenth of Tevet All of these None of these

Qustion 6. The following prayer is said on minor fast days

Al Hanissim Avinu Malkeinu Kiddish Hoshanah

Qustion 7. Which fast day only applies to certain people?

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

Qustion 8. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days

Ta'anit Bikkurim Yoma Zavim Bava Batra

Qustion 9. 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 10. Ta'anit Bekhorim reminds us of which plague

The 1st--Blood The 2rd--Frogs The 6th--Boils The 8th--Locusts The 10th--Death of the firstborn
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