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. Some people fast on the 7th day of Adar, which is believed to be...
The day Moses received the Ten Commandments
The day the Red Sea split into two
The day Moses died
The day Pharaoh died
The day the world was created
Question 2. 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 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 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
Question 6. Which prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?
Question 7. 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