Last week, I brought my son Yossi to yeshiva for the first time. Everything was new: dorm life, yeshiva rules, and a rigorous schedule of 14-hour days.
In new spaces, we often feel self-conscious: Will we succeed? Will we be accepted? What will happen if we fail? Do we have what it takes?
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When our people set out on becoming a nation, Hashem told us, “Vhiyisem Li Segulah – you will be my treasure.”
You are a treasure. You are a treasure, not because of what you do, nor because of who you can become.
You are a treasure, whether you effect change or lie still.
You are a treasure. Why? Because you are treasured.
We were assured by the creator of all things that our bond and our worth are more valuable than our performance. Once we knew our inherent worth, we were able to confidently enter the world stage and be an agent of change. Not to prove our worthiness or make a point, rather to simply bring a light and message the world needed to hear.
That is the message I shared with my son: your worth is inherent, and as parents, we will always value you. Your worth is not tied to whether you succeed or how others perceive. You are a treasure, because you are treasured. Just continue to grow and develop your potential.
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We are all about to begin a new year. Thus, we read in the Torah this week how every day we are to feel and be cognizant of the fact that Hashem selected us as a treasure:
Not because of what we do, nor because of who we can become.
Whether we effect change or lie still, we are a treasure.
Why? Because we are treasured.
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