Because of a severe famine, all of Joseph's eleven brothers and their families and even his old father Jacob ended up moving to Egypt where there was still food, so the family was finally reunited. As years went by, "the Israelites were fruitful and prolific; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them." After many, many years, a new king of Egypt decided that there were too many of these outsiders and he made the Israelites work as slaves. He even told Puah and Shiphrah, two Hebrew midwives, to kill all the boy babies born to the Israelites. "But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live." They followed their conscience, not the command of the king. And so the number of Israelites in Egypt continued to grow.
Potential ornaments for the Jesse Tree: a baby, two women, a raised fist