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. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days
Question 2. None of the four minor fast days cannot occur
On a Tuesday
In the summer
During a leap year
Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. 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 7. What did leaders of the Hasidic movement recommend instead of fasting on non-fixed fast days?
Increasing one's performance of good deeds
The addition of a fourth Amidah to one's daily prayers
Preparing and eating a joyous meal