When the fleeing Israelites reached the Red Sea, "Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land.... The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left." In the morning, the sea closed over the pursuing army and drowned them, and the Israelites were safe on the other side. "Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them:
˜Sing to the Lord for the glorious triuimph;
horse and rider have been thrown into the sea."
Potential ornaments for the Jesse Tree: a tambourine or other musical instrument (we have a banjo), a dancer