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. The 17th of Tammuz marks the beginning of
The High Holidays
The Three Weeks before Tisha B'av
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
Eat matzah for an extra day
None of these
Question 6. Which prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?
Question 7. The following prayer is said on minor fast days