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. If someone voluntarily fasts on Shabbat, what is the penalty according to Jewish law?
Bringing a sacrifice to the Temple
Fasting another day
Reciting the al-het prayer and banging one's fist against one's chest
Question 2. Ta'anit Bekhorim reminds us of which plague
The 10th--Death of the firstborn
Question 3. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days
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. 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 6. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?
Question 7. 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