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“I will make your progeny like the dust of the earth; so that if a man can count the dust of the earth, then shall your progeny also be counted.” (Genesis, 13:17)

Questions: Why dust? Yes, the dust of the earth is plentiful, but what else  is so special about it?

Ideas: Dust your table or the perimeter or each serving plate with cinnamon or other spices. Serve dipping bowls of spices that people can dip their bread into or use to season their food: garlic powder, cinnamon, salt, pepper, paprika and cumin are all good choices.

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“Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered upon the face of the earth.” (Genesis 11:4)

Questions: Why do you think that the people in this chapter of the Bible specifically decide to build a tower and not some other structure? Why did God punish them in the way that he did  (that they should all speak different languages)? Why did they fear being scattered over the face of the earth?

Ideas: Challenge your family to see who can build a higher tower out of cookies (wafers are great!), pretzels, slices of fruit or anything else you can stack! Confuse your family or your guests by serving a multi-cultural meal – food with interesting names derived from other languages/cultures: nachos, baguettes, sauerkraut, borscht, sushi, eggrolls, goulash, samosas, falafel etc.

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“And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat and that it was a desire for the eyes, and that the tree could pleasantly make one wise, and she took of its fruit, and she ate, and she gave to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” (Genesis 3:6)

Questions: What type of fruit tree was this? Why wouldn’t God have wanted to reveal the name of the tree? Why do you think Eve gave to her husband Adam as well? Why wasn’t she just content to eat the fruit herself?

Ideas: Candied citron slices or citron jam, dried figs or fig bars, fresh grapes, raisins, wine or grape juice, and anything made from wheat – bread, cookies, cake or pasta.

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