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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. The 17th of Tammuz marks the beginning of
 The High Holidays
 The Three Weeks before Tisha B'av
 Winter
 The counting of the Omer

 

Question 2. Who does the Fast of Gedaliah honor?
 A Babylonian-appointed official who was put in charge of the Jews
 One of the fairest and most equitable judges in the Book of Judges
 A non-Jewish woman who married the evil king Nebuchadnezzar and murdered him in his sleep
 The first and fifth Chabad rebbes

 

Question 3. 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 4. Which of the following is a traditional custom associated with minor fast days?
 Giving an additional amount of tzedakah, or charity
 Not performing work
 Staying up all night
 Not wearing leather shoes

 

Question 5. How can a firstborn son get out of his obligation to fast on Erev Pesach?
 Attend a "siyyum," or conclusion, of a book of Talmud being read
 Sleep in
 Eat matzah for an extra day
 None of these

 

Question 6. Which prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?
 Jeremiah
 Nebuchadnezzar
 Zedekiah
 Delaiah

 

Question 7. The following prayer is said on minor fast days
 Al Hanissim
 Avinu Malkeinu
 Kiddish
 Hoshanah