In this week’s Torah portion, Rebecca and Isaac have twins, the smooth-skinned Jacob, who Rebecca favors, and the hairy Esau, who Isaac favors. After coming home from a hunting trip, Esau asks his brother for some lentil soup, but Jacob tells him he must trade his trade him his birthright. Years later, when Isaac is old and blind, Jacob tricks his father into giving him the firstborn blessing. Read the full text in English and Hebrew: Genesis 25:19 – 28:9.
Also don’t forget to check out this week’s Dvar by 12th grader, Kyra Lozow.
In this week’s parsha, the part that stood out to me was when Esau asked Jacob to pour him some soup. Jacob responded and told him that he could have the soup if Esau sold him his birthright. Without thinking Esau agrees to the terms because he says he is going to die anyway. This is a perfect example of short term gratification. Esau was not thinking about his future and what he would lose if he sold his birthright…which is long term gratification. Rather, all he was thinking about was how hungry he was.
Something I have learned from dance and throughout high school is that sometimes I have to sacrifice short term gratification which in the moment seems difficult to deal with but in the long run I know it was the right thing to do. Since I have dance every night of the week that means I sacrifice things such as hanging out with friends after school. There are definitely some days that I wish I could do that but I know that dance is something that has helped keep me mentally and physically fit which is long term gratification. Instead of thinking about right now I think about the future and about the positive aspects that dance continues to bring to my life.
All of us wake up everyday and go to school. Sometimes I lose focus and feel like certain subjects in school are pointless but then I remember how essential school is to prepare me for my future and even if I don’t enjoy a class there is still something I can get out of it. Even though I will probably never touch Math in my future it is still teaching me problem solving skills and different ways to work my brain. So when I keep my long term goals in mind I am a much more motivated person.