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Mezuzah: Quiz


Question 1: According to the ________ custom (minhag), the phrase "כוזו במוכסז כוזו" is prohibited, and only the Hebrew word שדי (Shaddai) is to be written on the back of the mezuzah.
JewsAshkenazi JewsSephardi JewsSpanish and Portuguese Jews

Question 2: This applies to Jews living in the ________ (i.e., outside of the Land of Israel).

Question 3: A mezuzah is affixed to the doorframe of Jewish homes to fulfill the ________ (Biblical commandment) to inscribe the words of the Shema "on the doorposts of your house" (Deuteronomy 6:9).
Jewish holidayTzitzitMitzvahUpsherin

Question 4: This practice is supported by the Shulchan Aruch and the writings of the ________.
AverroesSoulMaimonidesThomas Aquinas

Question 5: [1] The parchment is prepared by a qualified scribe (a "sofer stam") who has undergone many years of meticulous training, and the verses are written in black ________ with a special quill pen.
Iron gall inkIndia inkWritingInk

Question 6: This is done to accommodate the variant opinions of the medieval ________ Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam as to whether it should be placed horizontally or vertically, and also to imply that God and the Torah (which the mezuzah symbolizes) are entering the room.
Orthodox JudaismRabbiJewsConservative Judaism

Question 7: The ________ custom of writing both phrases, however, was supported in the writings of the Remo.
Ashkenazi JewsJewish ethnic divisionsJewsSephardi Jews

Question 8: Most ________ and other non-Ashkenazi Jews affix the mezuzah vertically.
Spanish and Portuguese JewsMizrahi JewsSephardi JewsJewish ethnic divisions

Question 9: Where the doorway is wide enough, ________ and Spanish and Portuguese Jews tilt the mezuzah so that the top slants toward the room into which the door opens.
AntisemitismSephardi JewsJewish ethnic divisionsAshkenazi Jews

Question 10: Mezuzot are produced from an endless variety of materials, from silver and precious metals, to wood, stone, ceramics, pewter, and even ________.
Polyvinyl chloridePhthalatePolymer clayPlasticizer


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