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. 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 2. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?

None 4 6 12

Qustion 3. 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 4. Which king laid siege on Jerusalem, marked by the 10th of Tevet

Caesar Brutus Antiochus Nebuchadnezzar Ahasuerus

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. Most minor fasts are connected with

Passover Shabbat The destruction of the Temple The Holocaust The Crusades

Qustion 7. 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 8. Which minor fast day is mentioned in the Torah?

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

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. The following prayer is said on minor fast days

Al Hanissim Avinu Malkeinu Kiddish Hoshanah
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