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Student Newsletter - December 2, 2016

Good luck to the Penn State football team tomorrow night in the BIG 10 Championship!


CAMPUS ENGAGEMENT INTERN OR ISRAEL ENGAGEMENT INTERN -- Calling dynamic, creative, and self-motivated individuals who want to dramatically enhance Jewish life on campus! Penn State Hillel is excited to offer several paid internship opportunities -- APPLY HERE

JEWISH STUDENT LIFE COMMITTEE -- We are seeking driven and passionate student leaders to create innovative and engaging Jewish programs for students on campus. Student Life Committee are responsible for general Jewish programming for High Holidays and Passover, but also social programs like Penn State’s Welcome Week to bring Jewish students together. APPLY HERE

PHONE A THON CALLERS -- WE ARE HIRING FOR SPRING SEMESTER -- $9.00/HOUR -- FLEXIBLE HOURS -- Penn State Hillel’s Phone-a-Thon is a year-long, student-led fundraising initiative that provides you with an opportunity to gain professional, leadership and relationship building skills. As a Caller, you play an integral role in helping Penn State Hillel achieve its mission. Callers reach out to alumni, parents and general supporters of our organization to raise money over the phone for our incredible programming. APPLY HERE
12/2/2016 - TOLDOT/GENESIS 

D'var by Alex Bolotovsky, Director of Institutional Advancement

In this week’s Torah portion, Toldot, we meet the twins Jacob and Esau. Esau is born first with Jacob following close behind, grabbing onto Esau’s foot! Esau being only a second or so older has held great significance—it gave him the birthright and with it, the family legacy, greater inheritance, etc. 
Jacob and Esau grow up to be quite different; Esau becomes a big, burly man, a hunter with a wild spirit, while Jacob becomes a nerdy homebody, quiet and obedient. One day, Esau comes home from hunting tired and hungry. Jacob is making some stew and after Esau asks for it, makes him a deal: Esau’s birthright, for a bowl of stew. 
On the surface this seems like a crazy story; why sell your inheritance and legacy for some stew? Looking deeper, this story embodies a failed cost-benefit analysis and lack of thought about the future. Esau thinks, “I’m hungry right now. I get the benefit of a delicious meal to satisfy my hunger, and the cost comes way far down the line sometime in the uncertain future.” From the outside looking in, it is clear to us that trading a birthright, which has social and financial significance, for a measly bowl of soup is silly. However, we make these kinds of decisions for immediate gratification all the time, and every time, from the outside looking in, they are bad decisions. 
This is what we can take away from this story. It is important to live life and make decisions that are best for the long run, not just in the immediate. We must make decisions to sometimes be hungry in the present in order for happiness in the future. The Torah teaches us that there are always trade-offs but one should err on making decisions that are best for the future at the cost of immediate gratification.


Link and LEV Pasta Dinner
December 4th, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Garden Room at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Rebuild - U Meeting
December 5th, 2016
4:00pm - 4:30pm
HUB 009

Student Executive Board Meeting
December 5th, 2016
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Nurse Sciences Building

LEV Dancer Voting Night
December 5th, 2016
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
December 9th, 2016
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
Challah For Hunger brings people together to bake and sell challah in effort to raise funds and awareness for social justice causes. Read more here

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