The first 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.Explore
$10,000 First Place Winner
Aryeh Gurewitz, 22, Lake Worth, Florida. Topic: Getting Past Depression by Getting Past Yourself
$3,600 Second Place Winner
Yossi Grossbaum, 35, Chabad of Folsom, Folsom, California. Topic: Failure: Key to Success
$500 Third Place Winner (two tied)
Yudit Kasowitz, 28, Brooklyn, New York. Topic: How to Cope when Life Throws the Unexpected at You
Michal Morgenstern, 34, Haifa, Israel. Topic: Hope in Face of Challenge
Shifi Goldfarb, 21, Maalot, Israel. Topic: A Chassidic Approach to ADHD: Powerful Energies in Small Containers
Chelsea Mika Shar, 25, Johannesburg, South Africa. Topic: Speak What You Mean; Mean What You Speak
Yitzchak Winner, 53, Brooklyn, New York. Topic: Positive Thinking
Yaakov Deutch, 34, Jerusalem, Israel. Topic: דרך כבושה, The Chassidic Addition to Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy
Mendel Rubin, 42, Albany, New York. Topic: Power of Parable
Yakov Danishefsky, YU, Jerusalem, Israel. Topic: The Power of Mystery
Sholom Kesselman, Los Angeles, California. Topic: When Failure Is Really Success
Elchonon Solomon, Morristown, NJ. Topic: Effective Optimism
Dina Hendel, Jerusalem, Israel. Topic: Mending Broken Vessels: Healing Parenting Advice
Sterna Ginsberg, Brooklyn, New York. Topic: Powered by G-d
Zvi Lipchik, Brooklyn, New York. Topic: Against Our Nature, But the Ultimate Pleasure
Sara Spielman, Brooklyn, New York. Topic: Staying the Moment
Yeshayah Marantz, Safed, Israel. Topic: להתחתן כל יום מחדש, Perpetual Marriage
Shneur Zalman Pevzner, Paris, France. Topic: מתוח משתי הקצוות, The Battle Between Matter and Spirit
Chanie Wilhelm, Milford, CT. Topic: Effecting Change
By Shira Ort
Illness of every kind, whether of the body or the mind, is an unavoidable part of the human condition. This essay explores the possibilities one can achieve in spite of and specifically through illness.
By Chaim Hersh, St Louis, MI
Divine Providence vs. free will. Delve into the complex interplay between one’s personal free choice and Divine Providence.
“Life is what you make of it” is truer and deeper than most of us assume. Perspective is extremely powerful and can change life more than we might think.
Pleasure touches a person at their deepest core. Explore the source of pleasure and learn ways to channel our drive for pleasure.
Suicide. Drugs. Alcohol. Why is it that these have become the answers to which many in our society turn to for relief? What are we running from? What are we trying to reach?
As surprising as it may seem, simple little actions can affect deep and lasting changes, and play a key role in personal growth and improvement.
There are times that an opportunity to do something good arises, and although we know what is right, we tell ourselves that our past misdeeds have already defined us. Discover the myth behind hypocrisy.
Far too often, when we find ourselves in an uncomfortable or upsetting situation, we point fingers at others. In our attempt to understand what went wrong we refuse to take responsibility. Instead, we blame.
Discover the two fundamental concepts in Chassidus that will help you resolve your daily challenges of anxiety, sadness and stress.