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The Secret of Self-Esteem

Our Sages (Yalkut Yehoshua 14) tell us that when Eisev was a child he attained a spiritual equivalency of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaacov. However, in his youth he committed improper deeds and denounced his first-born status. Consequently, his level of greatness diminished and "he became small."
While it is true that "he became small," in light of his many misdeeds, it would be more correct to say he became immoral or corrupt. What is the import of "he became small?"
Rather, this passage illuminates the path to greatness. HaShem created man as a Tzelem Elokim, i.e., an "Image of HaShem." Therefore, our true essence and nature is kind, merciful, and holy. Just as HaShem is unchangeable in His goodness, so the human being - the "Image of HaShem" - is eternally good.
Eisevís downfall was not caused by his sin but rather by his identifying himself as a "sinner." He "became small" because he saw himself "as small" after he sinned. However, the goodness of the soul is permanent and unchangeable. Moreover, HaShem is always ready to accept our repentance.
May we remember that we are inherently - and unalterably - good! Then we will traverse the path of greatness, in the footsteps of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaacov.
TODAY: Define yourself not by your misdeeds - but rather by your GOOD, KIND, AND HOLY ESSENCE. 

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