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. Ta'anit Bekhorim reminds us of which plague
The 10th--Death of the firstborn
Question 2. The 17th of Tammuz marks the beginning of
The High Holidays
The Three Weeks before Tisha B'av
The counting of the Omer
Question 3. 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
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. True or False: Is the Fast of Esther always observed on the day before Purim?
Question 6. Which of these events happened, according to the Mishnah, on the 17th of Tammuz?
An idol was built in the Temple before the Maccabean revolt
The gates of Jerusalem were breached by the Romas
Moses smashed the original Ten Commandments
Cessation of daily sacrifices in the Temple
All of these
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