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A young chai wallah preparing Masala chai
]Masala chai (Hindi (मसाला चाय [masālā chāy], "spiced tea") is a milky black tea beverage, sweetened and spiced deriving from India. By itself, the term chai is merely the generic word for tea in much of the world, but for many English speakers outside those regions, "chai" is always construed as "masala chai." This way of drinking tea emerged during the British control of India, at a time when the British East India Company encouraged the consumption of black tea. In order to reduce the amount of tea needed per cup, vendors used their creativity to add spices as well as milk and sugar to the drink. The result was a delicious spiced beverage.

In its simplest form masala chai is prepared by boiling a mixture of water and milk together with loose tea leaves and whole spices. The leaves and spice residues are then strained off before serving the beverage. Varied combinations of spices bring an almost infinite variety to this drink. In India, where it is traditional to serve masala chai to guests, each family has their own unique recipe. The serving of this drink has no special ritual, such as is found in other cultures, for example the Japanese tea ceremony, but is simply offered and enjoyed in many forms and situations. Masala chai has become an essential part of the culture, such that chai wallahs offer the beverage on many street corners providing welcome refreshment to passers-by.

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Rebekah helps Jacob receive Isaac's blessing
Rebekah was the wife of the patriarch Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau in the Bible. She was the daughter of Bethuel and the granddaughter of Nahor, Abraham's brother. She was also the sister of Laban, who later become the father-in-law of Jacob.

Rebekah was instrumental in Jacob's winning, by deception, the blessing of his father Isaac. She also wisely saved Jacob from the wrath of his brother Esau, by advising Jacob to flee to her brother Laban when Esau sought Jacob's death. In rabbinical tradition, she is considered a prophetess and a woman of great virtue. In Christian tradition, she is one of the ancestors of Jesus.