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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. 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 2. Ta'anit Bekhorim reminds us of which plague
 The 1st--Blood
 The 2rd--Frogs
 The 6th--Boils
 The 8th--Locusts
 The 10th--Death of the firstborn

 

Question 3. 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 4. Which minor fast day is mentioned in the Torah?
 Seventeenth of Tammuz
 Tzom Gedaliah
 Tenth of Tevet
 All of these
 None of these

 

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 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. True or False: Is the Fast of Esther always observed on the day before Purim?
 True
 False