The third MyLife: Essay Contest invited people of all ages from around the world to submit an original essay applying a concept or idea in Chassidus to solve a contemporary life issue or challenge.
$10,000 First Place Winner
Moishe Chakoff, 27, Miami, Florida – Topic: Trees & Maps: How to Stop Being a People Pleaser
$1,000 Third Place Winner
Hadassah Silberstein, 24, Brooklyn, NY – Topic: How to Deal With Difficult People
Bonus $1,000 Fourth Place Winner
Sara Blau, 26, Brooklyn, NY – Topic: ADD – The Key to Productive Living
Top 25 Finalists:
Daniel Feld, Jerusalem, Israel
Avrumie Karp, Spring Valley, NY
Chony Milecki, Brooklyn, NY
Esther Rochel Elkaim, Bal Harbour, FL
Avi Lowell, Jerusalem, Israel
DovBer Oirechman, Lod, Israel
Avremi Weinberg, Los Angeles, CA
Tonni Shmuckler, Montreal, QC
Chaim Luria, Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Menachem Mendel Wolff, Netania, Israel
Mendy Levitin, Seattle, WA
Amchaye Even-Yisroel, Jerusalem, Israel
Yisroel Yitzchaki, Kfar Chabad, Israel
Malky Bitton, Vancouver, BC
Shneur Zalman Ives, Brooklyn, NY
Yossi Grossbaum, Folsom, CA
Bentzi Avtzon, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Rochel Cohen, Leeds, UK
Menachem Mendel Schusterman, Peabody, MA
Mushka Silberberg, Chicago, IL
Rivkah Shanowitz, Montreal, QC
Rafi Chemel, Toronto, ON
David Lichtenstadter, Brooklyn, NY
No’a Bat Miri, Milford, CT
Gale Levin, New Haven, CT
By Yossi Grossbaum, Folsom, CA
We have more conveniences today than ever before. Yet we are, as a society, deficient in joy. Why is this and what can be done about it?
By Bentzi Avtzon, Bala Cynwyd, PA
How do I know there is a purpose? Is the purpose already there or must it be effected? What is the purpose? This essay answers these questions and redefines meaning in order to change the way we view our hyper-connected world.
By Yisroel Yitzchaki, Kfar Chabad, Israel
The universe is fraught with tension, and tension causes issues. Deeper truths allow us attain the balance that allows issues to be resolved.
Addiction vs. Self-Control
‘אתכפיא’ – כלי פשוט ורב עוצמה לשיפור יכולת השליטה העצמית ומניעה מוקדמת של התמכרויות.
By Amchaye Even-Yisroel, Jerusalem, Israel
Addiction is a disease that causes unimaginable pain and suffering around the world; could there possibly be a discipline in self-control that could help?
By Chaim Luria, Zhytomyr, Ukraine
In this age of unprecedented empowerment through information, not all is roses. To stay afloat and on track we need to study the right things and process them correctly.