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 – Humble and Grateful: A Chassidic Path to Happiness
Avrumie Karp, Spring Valley, NY – A Chasidic Approach to Dealing with PTSD
Chony Milecki, Brooklyn, NY – A Different Kind of Success
Esther Rochel Elkaim, Bal Harbour, FL – A Shidduch as Illuminated by the Teachings of Chassidus
Avi Lowell, Jerusalem, Israel – You Are Here
DovBer Oirechman, Lod, Israel – Freedom from Addiction
Avremi Weinberg, Los Angeles, CA – G-d and Pain- How to be Vulnerable and Trust Again
Tonni Shmuckler, Montreal, QC – Dealing with Hate Issues
Chaim Luria, Zhytomyr, Ukraine – Staying Afloat in the Age of Information
Menachem Mendel Wolff, Netania, Israel – The Power of Self-Esteem
Mendy Levitin, Seattle, WA – The Present: The Greatest Gift of All
Amchaye Even-Yisroel, Jerusalem, Israel – Addiction vs. Self Control
Yisroel Yitzchaki, Kfar Chabad, Israel – Overcoming Addiction through Balance
Malky Bitton, Vancouver, BC – Adjusting to Distressing “New Normals”
Shneur Zalman Ives, Brooklyn, NY – The Olympic Theory
Yossi Grossbaum, Folsom, CA – All Fun and No Joy: The Paradox of Life in the Postmodern Era
Bentzi Avtzon, Bala Cynwyd, PA – To Find Meaning One Must Make Meaning
Rochel Cohen, Leeds, UK – Love: The Basis of Torah
Menachem Mendel Schusterman, Peabody, MA –
Mushka Silberberg, Chicago, IL – Wanting Desire
Rivkah Shanowitz, Montreal, QC – How to Kick Bad Habits to the Curb
Rafi Chemel, Toronto, ON – The Dynamics of Happiness
David Lichtenstadter, Brooklyn, NY – Why We Need a Break
No’a Bat Miri, Milford, CT – Committing to Your Purpose in a World of Cheap Substitutes
Gale Levin, New Haven, CT – The Heart of the Matter
By Mendy Ben Harosch, Tzfas, Israel
Stable mindful commitments come in many shapes and sizes, but in all their forms they are crucial as a foundation to keep things running successfully.
By Chaya Mushka Goldman, Crown Heights, NY
The human brain has been designed to create habits and once they are formed they are difficult to break, but it can be done if you’re ready to work for it.
By Stephanie Blitshtein, Plano, TX
Everyone is on a quest; the search to find out why exactly they inhabit this Earth and what they are meant to accomplish here. Where does the longing for purpose come from? And how can we pinpoint our unique calling?
By Alexander Zaloum, Clarksville, MD
Most of us feel a need to be outstanding in some way. This essay sets out to explain that if we live with a Chassidic understanding of the mitzvah “Love our fellow as we love ourselves,” then our envy for one another will dissipate naturally.