Rabbi David Paskin
Our Own Worst Enemy
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From Rabbi David
In this week's parsha, Esau and Jacob, begin their lives as rivals - each trying to do better and be better than the other. This isn't a foreign story. Siblings often struggle with one another for attention, praise, and love. My own daughters are always comparing the schools they went to, the grades they got, the opportunities they have been offered.
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is the wisdom to know that whoever they are and whoever they become - they are enough. They are exactly who they are supposed to be regardless of what their siblings or friends become. Our greatest adversaries are never other people - even those closest to us. We are our own worst enemies - imagining that we are less than we are. Our greatest challenge is overcoming our own fears and our own self-imposed limitations. That's why it is so important to me that each and every child in our program know that they are loved for who they are.
We want each child to know that the only metric that really matters when measuring our success is whether or not we have faced our fears, pushed ourselves to go farther than we thought we could, and worked hard to reach our wildest dreams.