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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 reminds us of which plague
 The 1st--Blood
 The 2rd--Frogs
 The 6th--Boils
 The 8th--Locusts
 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