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Welcome To The MyLife: Essay Contest 5777/2017



Take The MyLife Challenge: Apply Chassidus And Win $10,000!

The Winners of the MyLife: Chassidus Applied Essay Contest are…

After much anticipation the winners of the MyLife: Essay Contest 2017 have been announced! These essays were chosen by our expert panel of Judges from among hundreds of essay submissions. Every essay was evaluated anonymously by our Judges and held to the rigorous contest criteria. 

The 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. Although only a select number of essays could be chosen as winners, all of the hundreds of essays submitted were very impressive and moving. The essays demonstrated how Chassidus provides, even for a secular person, powerful tools for personal transformation and how Chassidus addresses the most fundamental human needs, from the emotional to the psychological and the spiritual.

Congratulations to our winners! We wish all of our contestants much success, and we hope that you take part in next year’s essay contest!

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$10,000 First Place Winner
Moishe Chakoff, 27, Miami, Florida – Topic: Trees & Maps: How to Stop Being a People Pleaser

$3,600 Second Place Winner
Shraga Crombi, 35, Edison, New Jersey – Topic: Chassidus as an Eclectic Psychological Approach

$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, Netanya, 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

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