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Winners of the MyLife: Chassidus Applied Essay Contest 5778/2018


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

After much anticipation the winners of the MyLife: Essay Contest 2018 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
Leibel Gniwisch, 24, Montreal, Canada – Topic: Reclaiming Vulnerability

$3,600 Second Place Winner
Chana Hendel, 18, Athens, Greece – Topic: 5 Steps to Dealing with Perfectionism (Hebrew)

$1,000 Third Place Winner
Shterny Tubul, 22, Natick, MA – Topic: And Choose Life 

$500 Student Winner
Menachem Mendel Yeshayahu, 16, Haifa, Israel – Topic: Cognitive and Emotional Faculties  (Hebrew)

Bonus $500 Student Winner
Yakir Havin, 
21, Wilkes Barre, PA – Topic: Judging and Misjudging People: An Unlevel Playing Field

Top 25 Finalists:

Levi Teldon, 34, San Antonia, Texas – Topic: The Holy Cow Diet

Shraga Crombie, 37, New Brunswick, NJ – Topic:  Emotional Intelligence in Chassidus (Hebrew)

Daniel Feld, 39, Israel – Topic: HACK Your Addiction: Chassidus for the Smartphone Era

Aidel Cohen, 23, Brooklyn,  NY – Topic: Head or Heart? A Study of Dealing with Conflict

Avrohom Goldshmid, 22, Brooklyn, NY – Topic: The Solution to Our Postmodern Crisis — Sefiras HaChochma (Hebrew)

Moshe Rosenblatt, 37, Or Yehuda, Israel – Topic: Ego: Yes or No? (Hebrew)

Gali Yehoshua, 38, Israel – Topic: Parenting: Crisis as Growth

Rochel Schwartz, 20, Chicago, Illinois – Topic: Serving G-d Despite Challenge: Four Steps of “How To”

Roey Lugasi, 36,  Kiryat Gat, Israel – Topic: Discernment as a Foundation for Refining the Soul and Optimizing its Health (Hebrew)

Nechama Dina Zwiebel, 45, Kingston, Pennsylvania – Topic: Retroactive Healing – It’s in Our D.N.A.

Chani Ceitlin, 34, Israel – Topic: Is Man Superior to the Beast? The Actualized and Happy Life: The Development of Understanding Human Needs in the Science of Psychology as a Basis for Understanding Jewish Thought (Hebrew)

Dror Yahav, 36, Ramat Gan, Israel – Topic: The Chassidic Perspective on the Well Being of the Elderly (Hebrew)

Avrohom Karp, 22, Spring Valley, NY – Topic: Chassidut, Polarization and the Opioid Crisis

Yosef Yitzchak Marneitz, 29, Beitar Illit, Israel – Topic: Chassidus: Revealing the True Me (Hebrew)

Yisroel Cotlar, 35, Cary, North Carolina – Topic: Overcoming Technology Addiction

Naomi Zirkind, 56, Baltimore, Maryland – Topic: What if You Cannot do a Mitzvah?

Hillel Raskin, 22, Germany – Topic: “That’s How it Is” — Absolutely Not! How Torah Teaches Us to Think Out of the Box (Hebrew)

Shilo Yechezkel Betzalel, 20, Rechovot, Israel – Topic: Chassidus and Technology (Hebrew)

Aryeh Yonatan Chadad, 20, Migdal Haemek, Israel – Topic: Da’at – Knowledge (Hebrew)

Dovid Olidart, 26, Chadera, Israel – Topic: An Idea in Chassidus (Hebrew)

Bassie Yahel, 27, Kingston, Pennsylvania – Topic: The Perfectionist’s Geulah

Yosef Polter, 19, Baltimore, Maryland – Topic: Free Will: How to Avoid Anger and Depression

Elka Melamed, 24, Chicago, Illionois – Topic: Peace and Love Where the Streets are Paved with Plastic

Shterna Karp, 22, Brooklyn, NY – Topic: The End of Procrastination

Devorah Block, 18, San Antonio, Texas – Topic: How to Be a Warrior, Not a Worrier

Levi Ginsberg, 21, Brooklyn, NY – Topic: Finding a Geulah – Life of Bliss & Joy, In a Place Called Golus

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