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?

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Qustion 1. Who does the Fast of Gedaliah honor?

A Babylonian-appointed official who was put in charge of the Jews One of the fairest and most equitable judges in the Book of Judges A non-Jewish woman who married the evil king Nebuchadnezzar and murdered him in his sleep The first and fifth Chabad rebbes

Qustion 2. 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 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. 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 5. The following prayer is said on minor fast days

Al Hanissim Avinu Malkeinu Kiddish Hoshanah

Qustion 6. Most minor fasts are connected with

Passover Shabbat The destruction of the Temple The Holocaust The Crusades

Qustion 7. 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 8. 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 9. 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

Qustion 10. 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
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