Minor Fasts QuizThe 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. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?
Question 2. 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
Question 3. 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
Question 4. 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
Question 5. None of the four minor fast days cannot occur
On a Tuesday
In the summer
During a leap year
Question 6. 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
Question 7. 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