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    Does anyone else think it’s odd that almost children’s illustration for this week’s parsha will include a picture of a Jew and a non-Jew sharing a glass of water…using drinking straws?

    The reality is that even knives and forks did not exist back in those days. They certainly did not have drinking straws!


    I’m not sure they didn’t have drinking straws before forks.


    Well, for all we know, they might have used hollow reeds…


    What do you suggest would be a better picture /project for this weeks Parsha?


    A children’s illustration is not meant to be a realistic depiction of an event, it’s to explain a concept. In this case, that a Jew and a Mitzri could drink from the same cup, one getting water and the other blood.

    I once saw a picture (in a book published by a certain large Chassidus) for parshas korach, with Moshe and Aharon wearing streimels and korach had a bend down hat. Now why would they have had streimels if it was during the week, and if it was Shabbos, nobody could’ve taken the photo anyway. It couldn’t have been motzei Shabbos because it would’ve been dark and flashes weren’t invented yet.


    Archeologists discovered straws buried in the sands and seas of Egypt, so we know they had straws then. Did you not know this? You can see some of them on display in The Living Makkos Museum, right next to the frog skeletons.


    from Wikipedia:

    The first known straws were made by the Sumerians, and were used for drinking beer,[1] probably to avoid the solid byproducts of fermentation that sink to the bottom.[citation needed] The oldest drinking straw in existence, found in a Sumerian tomb dated 3,000 B.C.E., was a gold tube inlaid with the precious blue stone lapis lazuli.[1] Argentines and their neighbors used a similar metallic device called a bombilla, that acts as both a straw and sieve for drinking mate tea for hundreds of years.[1]

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