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In this week's Parsha, Toldot, Rivkah is pregnant with twin sons Esav and Yaakov. During her period of pregnancy, G-d mentions to Rivkah, “there are two nations in your womb, and the younger will prevail over the elder.” The twins are born and Esav comes out first, thus inheriting the responsibilities of the firstborn son.  

During their upbringing, “Esav becomes a man who knows hunting, a man of the field, and Yaakov a wholesome man, dwelling in tents." One day, Yaakov was making a bowl of Soup when his brother, Esav, enters into the tents after a long day of hunting and demands from Yaakov a bowl of soup. When Yaakov offers him "red stuff' in exchange for the birthright, Esav mentions, "Look, I am going to die, so what use to me is a birthright?" 

Rabbi Lieberman mentions, “Why would someone sell his birthright, which was worth an incalculable amount both spiritually and monetarily, for just a bowl of soup?”  Esav gladly did so and then justified it by saying that he felt that if he didnt eat he would die! Lieberman discusses that the problem with all of this is that there is a tomorrow and it's precisely how you live today that will determine this tomorrow. Esav only cared what he wanted now, and did not consider the after-effects, later in the future. Sound decisions can only be made when someone lives with the awareness that a one's choices have a direct impact on their future life.

As exams are coming up, it is important to set a schedule on what you intend to study, commit to the schedule and ask questions to your teachers for any clarification you may need before the exams. Most importantly, prior preparation prevents poor performance.

Shabbat Shalom

Joshua, Grade 11