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Do you have a favorite kosher I the fruit, vegetables and meat in a
branches like coils of rope and the
recipe? Each month in this space,
large casserole greased lightly with
he gave it to Joseph. Upon
leaves like steel-jawed traps! This
L'Chayim will print kosher recipes
Joseph's death, it came into
tree ate human beings! It devoured
that the whole family can prepare
Pharaoh's possession. At that time
SAUCE: Take the water and stir
anyone who touched it! And Moses
together. To contribute to the
my father was a scribe in Pharaoh's
potato starch in a saucepan.
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court. From the moment my father
The leaves curled around his
paper and send it to L'Chayim,
saw the Sapphire Rod, he longed to
still stirring until sauce thickens.
fingers! The branches stretched out
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he felt himself being drawn into the
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tree, he whispered, "Tree, Tree, I
garden. He stuck the rod into the
know you are no tree. You are the
ground. When he tried to pull it out,
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Sapphire Rod which God gave to
he couldn't! It has rooted itself into
6 boards of matzah
Adam, which Adam gave to Enoch,
the ground and sprouted! It became
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"I must ask your father to tell
Sapphire Tree, I am a descendant of
me more!" Moses said, interested.
Joseph, of Jacob, of Isaac, and of
"Oh, no!" Zipporah begged,
pepper, salt, garlic powder (if you
all those back to Adam. I am a child
"please do not let him know that I
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have told you the history of the
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6 small midget white potatoes
warm water and place, whole, on a
"Very well. When I ask to marry
greased cookie sheet. Place cheese
Do not hurt me." The leaves
you, he will tell me about it
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over the matzah. Pour tomato sauce
uncurled from his fingers.
into chunks, or a fresh
over the cheese and matzah.
They reached Zipporah's house.
Season with seasonings and
Zipporah had changed out of
Then suddenly, before his
sprinkle vegetables over all. Bake at
her dripping wet dress into a lovely,
eyes, the tree seemed to
350 degrees until cheese melts and
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flowing pink gown, trying to get
sauce looks brown, about 30
back to Moses and her father as
branches looked like
quickly as she could. But, as she
entered the room where the two
coils of rope and the
and pepper. Place in pot covered
men sat talking, her sisters came
leaves like steel-jew
water. Bring to a boil and
running after her. As she
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traps! This tree ate
simmer for 2 hours. (Water can be
approached, Moses smiled at her.
remembrance will be
human beings! It
used for stock later.) Add vegetables
Then he said. "Jethro, I want to
the dual themes of our next
and cook for an additional 45
devoured anyone who
marry your daughter, Zipporah."
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"You seem to be a fine young
your usual recipe for matzah balls.
read children plus our regular
man," he said, "a man to make a
Now Moses grasped the tree in
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good husband for my daughter. But,
both his hands, leaned forward,
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before I can give my consent, there
strained his muscles — and pulled
and when water begins to boil
is one thing I must ask you to do."
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— and pulled - and suddenly, with a
again, cover pot and boil for 1/2
"Ask," Moses answered. "I will
shower of loose dirt, out from the
hour. Remove and save stock for
gladly do whatever you ask."
ground came the tree, roots and all!
Jethro smiled again. "In my
And in his hand the branches
garden there is a small tree. All I
withdrew into the trunk, the trunk
ask is that you pull this tree out of
grew slim, and the tree became
again the Sapphire Rod.
"Certainly," Moses agreed.
Quietly, without a word, Moses
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"That can't be too hard."
handed the rod to Jethro.
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end of the seder, renew the
All the girls shivered.
"The tree did not eat him!" the
Service, the international Jewish
commitment to help all who are
He smiled confidently at
sisters cried together.
development and aid organization,
hungry around the world. Following
Zipporah, then stood aside to let
"The tree is gone!" one of
offers Jewish families a pledge to
is the Afikoman Pledge:
Jethro precede them into the
read at their sedarim to remember
Tonight we read together: This
garden. All the girls followed their
"Moses is safe!" cried another.
the hungry. The pledge is being
bread of poverty that our
father. Zipporah came last. As she
And then they all wept and
offered as part of the AJWS' third
ate. Let all who are
passed Moses, she whispered, Are
laughed. They danced and sang.
afikoman pledge campaign in which
and eat! Let all who
you sure you will try? At the risk of
Because now someday they too
it hopes to educate American Jews
are in need share in the hope of
could be married. Moses had
about the issues of world hunger
Passover! This year we all are
Moses smiled and nodded and
destroyed the Devouring Tree and
and poverty while raising money for
slaves. Next year may we all be
followed her out to the garden.
Moses was their hero!
its self-help and community
free. Tonight, to redeem the
He looked at the tree. It was
Because he had brought joy to
development projects in Asia, Africa
afikoman: We renew our
just like any ordinary tree. It had a
all of them, the sisters made his
and Latin America.
commitment to help all who are
trunk and branches and leaves.
wedding to Zipporah the most
The pledge is inspired by the
hungry around the world, so that
Then suddenly, before his eyes, the
wonderful wedding ever held in
words of the Haggadah, "Let all
,next year we all may be free.
tree seemed to change. Now the
who are hungry come and eat."
trunk looked like pitch and the
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