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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. Ta'anit Bekhorim takes place on
 The 10th of Tevet
 The 17th of Tammuz
 The 15th of Nissan
 The 1st of Nissan
 The 14th of Nissan


Question 2. Most minor fasts are connected with
 The destruction of the Temple
 The Holocaust
 The Crusades


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. 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


Question 5. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days
 Bava Batra


Question 6. The following prayer is said on minor fast days
 Al Hanissim
 Avinu Malkeinu


Question 7. 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