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Announcing the Winners of the MyLife: Chassidus Applied Essay Contest 5779/2019!



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

After much anticipation here are the winners of the MyLife: Essay Contest 2019. 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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1. First Place, $10,000 winner: Ayelet Skinner. Medical Esthetician, at FACE. Home city: Southfield, MI. Age: 48. English. Topic: Ageless

2. Second Place, $3,600 winner: Ariel Nevei. Member of Tzemach Tzedek Kolel in Jerusalem. Home city: Beitar Illit, Israel. Age: 44. Hebrew. Topic: הדרכת תורת החסידות בנוגע לטיפול בפחד וחרד בהשוואה למקורות תורניים קודמים וכן לפסיכולוגיה המודרנית

3. Third Place, $1,000 winner: Aidel Cohen. Mobstub, Customer Service. Home city: Brooklyn, NY, Age: 24. English. Topic: Rediscovering the Joy of Giving

4. Third Place, $1,000 winner: Mushka Silberberg. Teacher, Lubavitch Girls High School. Home city: Lincolnwood, IL. Age: 22. English. Topic: The Essential Yes of a Strong No

5. Student Winner, $500: Arye Yonatan Chadad. Student, Central Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim, 770. Israel. Age: 21. Hebrew. Topic: ‘הדרך להמנע מדימוי עצמי נמוך וקבלת מוטיבציה בעבודת ה

6. Shraga Crombi. Beit Chabad, Rutgers University. Home city: New Brunswick, NJ. Age: 38. Hebrew. Topic: פנימי’ – הפתרון החסידי למגפת האסקפיזם

7. Devori Garelick. Student at Beit Chana, Tzfas. Home city: Naharia, Israel. Age: 19. Hebrew. Topic: קשה זה הקל החדש

8. Aharon Zev Moshel. Student Yeshivah Gedolah, Melbourne. Home city: Melbourne, AU. Age: 17. English. Topic: Chassidic lessons on growing through trauma

9. Menachem Mendel Dekel. Tomchei Temimim, Teveriah. Age: 21. Hebrew. Topic: מודל א.ב.א. – התשובה החסידית להפרעות החרדה בעולמנו המודרני

10. Levi Wilhelm. Student, Yeshivas Chabad Tzfat.  Age: 17. Hebrew. Topic :אגואיזם-מבעיה אל פתרונה  


Rohr Bais Chaya Academy; Coral Springs – Chaya Mushka Hodakov. Coral Springs. FL

Bais Chaya Mushka Seminary; Montreal – Chana Lazar. Montreal, Canada.

Beis Chana; Tzfat, Israel

English Division: 1st place: Shayna Slaven. Sydney, AU. 2nd place: Mina Zalminov.   Hollis Hills, NY. 3rd place: Minna Phillips. Worcester, MA.

Hebrew Division: 1st place :דבורי גרליק.Israel. 2nd place: מושקא מלכה דקל. Israel. 3rd place:  חנה אסתר כהן, Israel.

Beth Chana Academy High School for Girls; Orange CT – Geulah Ezagui. Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Beis Chomesh; Toronto  – Menucha Rochel Dubinsky. Newton, MA.

Bnos Chaya; Albany, NY  – Ita Gordon. Albany, NY

Bnos Chomesh; Brooklyn  – Salome Rafaela Allouche. Brooklyn, NY

Lubavitch Girls High School; Chicago IL – Chanale Schusterman; Chicago, IL

Machon Alte Seminary, Tzfat, Israel – Rivky Rosenwasser. Miami, FL

Ohel Chana; Melbourne, AU – Shira Adina Zigelbom. Miami, FL

Beis Rivkah High; Melbourne, AU – Chana Block. Melbourne, Australia

Yeshivah Gedolah Melbourne; Melbourne, AU – Aharon Zev Moshel;  Melbourne, AU

Beis Rivka High; Montreal, Canada – Shterna Sara Scheiner. Montreal, Canada

Ohel Chana High School; LA – Malka Bracha Heidingsfeld. S. Monica, CA

Tiferes Bachurim; Morristown, NJ – Noach Kane. Morristown, NJ

Torah Academy Girls High School; Johannesburg, SA – Esther Rivkah Rodal. South Africa

Yeshiva Darchei Menachem;Brooklyn – Shmuly Katzoff. Brooklyn. NY

Machon Leyahadus; Brooklyn, NY – Chavah Levine. Brooklyn, NY