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“And they embittered their lives with hard labor, with mortar and with bricks and with all kinds of labor in the fields, all their work that they worked with them with back-breaking labor.” (Exodus 1:14)

Questions: What is the difference between “hard labor,” work with “mortar and bricks” and “all kinds of labor in the fields”? Why does the Bible list these different types of work like this: “all the work that they worked with back breaking labor“? Ok, we get the point. They worked hard. Enough! Is it just for emphasis? Or is there something else going on here?

Ideas: Use peanut butter, apple butter, caramel spread, chocolate spread or any other thick and gooey, mortar-like substance to put together cookie pr cracker “bricks”. Hummus or cream cheese could be used as mortar too.

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“May the angel who redeemed me from all harm bless the youths, and may they be called by my name and the name of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, and may they multiply abundantly like fish, in the midst of the land.” (Genesis 48:16)

Questions: Why do you think it is a blessing to increase like the fish of the sea? Why are the children of Israel compared to fish? Why do you think that we sing this song to little children? Who is the angel that is mentioned in the verse?

Ideas: Fish! Gefilte fish, sardines, tuna quiche, salmon concealed in puff pastry or phyllo dough, Angel Food Cake. Set your table with hamsas, scatter turquoise beads and eye charms or tie napkins with red string.

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“Joseph gave the wagons according to Pharaoh’s instructions, and he also provided them with food for the journey…. Joseph sent the following to his father: ten male donkeys carrying Egypt’s finest products, and ten female donkeys carrying grain, bread and food for his father’s journey.” (Genesis 45:21–23)
“And when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to transport him, the spirit of Jacob their father was revived.” (Genesis 45:27)

Questions: Why do you think that Joseph sent wagons to his father instead of going himself? Why do you think that Jacob’s spirit was revived at the sight of the wagons?

Ideas: Arrange slices of citrus, avocado, red pepper or other vegetables on a plate in the shape of a wagon wheel. Make little wagons out of celery, carrots, peanut butter and raisins (cut a small section of celery, fill with peanut butter, use two round carrot slices for wheels and decorate with raisins). Serve round cookies for dessert, and don’t forget some good-quality aged wine!

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“And Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was a son of his old age; and he made him a ketonet passim.” (Genesis 37:3)

Questions: What do you think Joseph’s “ktonet passim” looked like? Why do you think that Jacob gave it to him? Why was Joseph dubbed “the son of his old age” – isn’t Benjamin even younger? Maybe Benjamin wasn’t born yet?

Ideas: Multi-colored cookies (with rainbow sprinkles) or striped candy, a striped vegetable platter (slice multicolored vegetables into long strips and arrange nicely on a platter), set the table with a richly embroidered tablecloth or use striped napkins to decorate your table, however I must request that you not attempt to combine wool and linen at your table somehow – even if it will heal a family feud.

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“Reuben went in the days of the wheat harvest, and he found dudaim in the field and brought them to Leah, his mother, and Rachel said to Leah, ‘Now give me some of your son’s dudaim.’ And she said to her, ‘Is it a small matter that you have taken my husband, that you wish also to take my son’s dudaim?’ So Rachel said, ‘Therefore, he shall sleep with you tonight as payment for your son’s dudaim.’ When Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah came forth toward him, and she said, ‘You shall come to me, because I have hired you with my son’s dudaim,’ and he slept with her on that night.” (Genesis 30:14–16)

Questions: What do you think these dudaim represent? Why was Reuben involved in all of this? Why do you think Rachel was so desperate to purchase these dudaim that she was willing to give up a night with her husband for the privilege or pleasure of having them?

Ideas: Jasmine tea, plain jasmine rice, dried figs, fig bars, placing a pot of African violets on your table, and even mandrake liqueur from Kibbutz Mishmar Ha’emek in the North of Israel, where mandrakes are grown!

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“Lot’s wife looked back, and she turned into a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:26)

Questions: Why do you think that Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt? Salt is also known to be a preservative – can you think of a reason God might have wanted to preserve Lot’s wife? What would have been a better punishment for Lot’s wife in your opinion? Why?

Ideas: Place an extra dish of coarse or “kosher” salt at the table, serve salty things like sardines, feta cheese, potato chips, peanuts, cold cuts, hot dogs, pickles, olives, saltine crackers etc.

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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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