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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. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?
 None
 4
 6
 12

 

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
 Studying Torah

 

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
 In January
 On Shabbat
 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