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Tisha B'Av Quiz

The fast day Tisha B'Av commemorates the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem and many other tragedies throughout Jewish history. How much do you know about Tisha B'Av?

Question 1. Which tragic event is not thought to have happened on Tisha B'Bv
 The capture of Bethar, which marked the final defeat of Bar Kokhba's rebellion against the Romans
 The signing of the edict of King Edward I compelling the Jews of England to leave the country
 The expulsion of the Jews from Spain
 Hamanís destruction of the Jews of Persia


Question 2. The Kotel is also known as the
 Eastern Wall
 Northern Wall
 Southern Wall
 Western Wall
 Northwestern Wall


Question 3. According to the Talmud, for what action were the Jews punished with the Temple's destruction?
 The report of the spies about Israel
 The making of the Golden Calf
 Moses striking the rock
 Idol worship


Question 4. What is a kinah?
 A mournful prayer
 One of the elegies written by the Spanish philosopher Judah HaLevi
 Retellings and remembrances for destroyed Jewish communities
 All of the above.
 None of the above.


Question 5. In the three-week period before Tisha BíAv, which of these activities do traditional Jews refrain from?
 Hosting or attending celebrations, such as weddings
 Listening to music
 Shaving and getting haircuts
 All of the above


Question 6. "You will be offered for sale as slaves, and there will be no one willing to buy" is an ancient curse, foreshadowing Tisha B'Av and comes from:
 The Torah
 The Talmud
 The Mechilta
 Rabbi Kook
 None of the above.


Question 7. True or false: The day before Tisha B'Av, one should feast like a king and have great joy.