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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. 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
 Studying Torah


Question 2. Most minor fasts are connected with
 The destruction of the Temple
 The Holocaust
 The Crusades


Question 3. How many minor fasts are on the Jewish calendar?


Question 4. The 17th of Tammuz marks the beginning of
 The High Holidays
 The Three Weeks before Tisha B'av
 The counting of the Omer


Question 5. None of the four minor fast days cannot occur
 In January
 On Shabbat
 On a Tuesday
 In the summer
 During a leap year


Question 6. Which prophet was Gedaliah assigned to care for?


Question 7. Which king laid siege on Jerusalem, marked by the 10th of Tevet