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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 takes place on
 The 10th of Tevet
 The 17th of Tammuz
 The 15th of Nissan
 The 1st of Nissan
 The 14th of Nissan


Question 2. 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 3. Which fast day only applies to certain people?
 Tenth of Tevet
 Fast of the Firstborn
 Fast of Esther
 Yom Kippur


Question 4. 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 5. This tractate of the Talmud is devoted to public fast days
 Bava Batra


Question 6. Which king laid siege on Jerusalem, marked by the 10th of Tevet


Question 7. 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