Post Fast Test
I intended this post for yesterday, when the fast day of Asarah B'Teves was observed, but a combination of a renewed deluge at the office (those nice, quiet workdays during the "Holiday Season" are over!), and feeling generally lousy all yesterday afternoon and evening, got in the way. So this may be a day late, but at least I got a chance to us a nicely alliterative title!
Asarah B'Teves - the 10th of the Hebrew Month of Teves - is one of a series of four fast days that relate to the events surrounding the destruction of the First Temple, the others being Tisha B'Av, Shiva'asar B'Tammuz, and Tzom Gedaliah. It is also probably the least clearly understood of those fast days, in that the very event(s) it commemorates are much less well-known, and not even universally agreed (see Gemara Rosh Hashanah 18b). Yet in certain ways, Asarah B'Teves has a unique status, not only relative to the other Rabbinic fasts but amongst Jewish holidays as a whole. Here are a few questions to test your knowledge of the day's distinctiveness:
1) On what days of the week can Asarah B'Teves occur?
2) How does it differ in this regard from:
a) All other fast days?
b) (Nearly) all other Jewish holidays?
3) How is Asarah B'Teves also unique with regard to the secular calendar?
Post your responses in the comments - I'll cover any unanswered ones on Friday.