Happy Shoshan Purim. Today's post is in loving memory of my father, Yaacov ben Yitzchak ob"m, who left this world 13 years ago - today is his yahrtzeit.
Many people in their formative years get all types of people put labels on them. Better yet, the labels were put on a bottle and many of us were stuck inside.
As a young person, you subconsciously thought that your parents, teachers and peers knew what they were talking about. So, when you were trapped inside a bottle labelled "dumb", "cowardly", "lazy", "ugly", "uncoordinated" or "failure", then you thought that you were dumb, cowardly, lazy, uncoordinated or failure. The labels weren't at all true but we oftentimes believed them. The time has come to break out of the bottle-like prison...
Also featured this week:
Rav Shalom Arush: Don't Be a Haman
The Lubavitcher Rebbe: How to Nullify a Decree
Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook: Three-legged Chair
Dr. Zev Ballen: Stay in the Game
Chaya Ovadia: Indelible Ink
Dovber HaLevi: The Delicate Voice
Rivka Levy: Drop the Mask
Racheli Reckles: The Young Woman
Thank G-d, we're home safely. Thanks so very much to all our cherished friends in NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Miami, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Cleveland for making our trip so successful and meaningful. Big Beam blessings for a great week.