A young mother is preparing brisket one Friday for Shabbat dinner. Her little daughter watches with interest as she slices off the ends of the brisket before placing it in the roasting pan.
"Mom, why do you cut off the ends?"
"You know, I'm not sure. This is the way Grandma always did it. Let's call her and ask."
"Hi, Mom. We were just wondering why you cut off the ends of the brisket before roasting?"
"Hmm. To be honest, I'm not sure. Let's all go visit my mother and ask her."
"Oh, what a joy! My daughter, granddaughter and great-grand-daughter all on the same day!"
"Mom, we were just wondering why you cut off the ends of the brisket before roasting?"
"Well, I don't know why you do it, but I never had a pan that was big enough!"
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