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 – The Refinement of Purpose
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 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.