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. 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

Qustion 2. What does the Fast of Esther commemorate?

The day the Jews were to be slaughtered, until Esther appealed to the king and saved them The fast Esther began prior to visiting the king The day that Haman led Mordecai through the streets of Shushan The yahrzeit of Esther

Qustion 3. If someone voluntarily fasts on Shabbat, what is the penalty according to Jewish law?

Bringing a sacrifice to the Temple Fasting another day Reciting psalms Reciting the al-het prayer and banging one's fist against one's chest

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. What anniversary does the Tenth of Tevet mark?

The birthday of Nebuchadnezzar, the tyrant who exiled the Jews The beginning of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem The day before the first Passover offering The day that the walls of Jerusalem were breached

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

Al Hanissim Avinu Malkeinu Kiddish Hoshanah

Qustion 7. Which minor fast day is mentioned in the Torah?

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

Qustion 8. Which king laid siege on Jerusalem, marked by the 10th of Tevet

Caesar Brutus Antiochus Nebuchadnezzar Ahasuerus

Qustion 9. Which prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?

Jeremiah Nebuchadnezzar Zedekiah Delaiah

Qustion 10. Which of the following is not a traditional Jewish fast?

A fast of words A half-day fast A fast from eating but not drinking A fast from one Shabbat to the next
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