Thursday, November 24, 2011

Baby Steps

by Devora Gila Berkowitz

Parshat Toldot

Can you find an example where Esav starts to make headway in his personal growth?

He starts to assess the situation: Little brother gets blessing (Bereshit 28:6) Little brother goes to find wife so that he won't take Canaanite woman (ibid) -- like I did. Little brother obeys our parents, going to Paddan-aram (28:7).

Ahh! I get it! he thinks. The daughters of Canaan are evil in our father's eyes! (28:8)

So he marries a wife of Ishmael, Avraham's son.

It's almost there, but not quite. He hasn't divorced his Canaanite wives!

But that's okay.

We call this taking baby steps. It's a good start. 

What baby step have you taken that can you feel good about today?

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