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  • MyLife Chassidus Applied Essay Winners Announced

    After a long pandemic-induced delay, Rabbi Simon Jacobson announced the winners of this year’s 6th annual MyLifeChassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest during this week’s MyLife: Chassidus Applied broadcast in honor of Chai Elul • Full Story  

    After a long pandemic-induced delay, Rabbi Simon Jacobson announced the winners of this year’s 6th annual MyLifeChassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest during this week’s MyLife: Chassidus Applied broadcast in honor of Chai Elul. 

    This highly anticipated annual event has gained a new level of urgency this year as it comes in the wake of the global disruption, impacting us all. The contest winners are usually announced around Yud Alef Nissan. But due to the Covid outbreak after Purim, the ceremony had to be postponed.

    But, in the true spirit of Chassidus, which teaches us that darkness leads to greater light, this year’s contest has now yielded thirteen (instead of usual three) monetary winners. Says Rabbi Simon Jacobson, dean of The Meaningful Life Center and founder of the contest, “When faced with challenges and upheavals, Chassidus empowers us to dig deeper and find even more powerful resources. And that is exactly what we have done. The delay has now created the opportunity to award many more people across the spectrum for presenting, in all sorts of innovative ways, the relevance of Chassidus to our lives today.”

    Over the last six years since the inception of the MyLife Contest, thousands of entries have poured in from around the world, and from people of all backgrounds — students, laypeople, Rabbis, shluchim, educators and professors. Due to its wide appeal, this year thcontest was expanded into seven tracks, including a Hebrew track and creative track (for music, poetry, sculpture, tapestry and other art forms), awarding 13 monetary prizes, totaling $33,500.

    English Essay Winners: 

    1st Place, $10,000 winner: Miriam Goldberg, Teacher, MMSC Day School. Seattle, WA. Age 24. Topic: The Grass is Greenest on Your Side

    2nd Place, $3,600 winner: Shaina SlavinShlucha, Machne Yehuda, Jerusalem. Sydney, Australia. Age 20. Topic: A Time to Heal

    3rd Place, $1,000 winner: Shraga CrombieShliach, Chabad House at Rutgers University. Edison, NJ. Age 38. Topic: The Alter Rebbe’s Brilliant Solution to the Addict’s Dilemma

    English Student Winner: 

    $500: Lily Richman, Student at Machon Alte Seminary. Twinsburg, OH. Age 24. Topic: Seeing the Future

    English Essay Finalists:

    Anonymous, Student Beis Chana – Tzfas Seminary St. Age 19. Topic: The Super Human Unmasked

    Liba Rimler, Teacher, Cheder Chabad of Monsey. Pomona, NY. Age 21. Topic: Weaning Our Children Off Extrinsic Motivation

    Moshe Miller, Writing, translating, teaching, guiding. Self-employed. Chicago, IL. Age 65. Topic: Window for Words

    Aidel CohenTzivos Hashem, Writer and Editor. Brooklyn, NY. Age 25. Topic: Unconditional Trust

    Koby Berkovits, Student, Kesser Torah College. Sydney, Australia. Age 18. Topic: Complacency- and How to be Dissatisfied With It

    Chaya Rivkin, Student, Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim. New Orleans, LA. Age 19. Topic: Judaism: Irrelevant Micromanagement

    Creative Winner:

     $1,000: Chaim Bell. Teacher, Leeds Morah School. Leeds, UK.  Age 63. Topic: The Return of the Exiled Prince (Script)

    Creative Finalists:

    Sara BlauExtra-Curricular Director of Beis Rivkah. Brooklyn, NY. Age 31. Topic: Soaring Free (mixed media with text and visual). 

    Esty Stern. Brooklyn, NY. Age 28. Topic: Hashgacha Pratis (lyrics and music)

     

    Hebrew Essay Winners [Men]:

    1st Place, $5,000 winner: Elozor Nachshon. Jerusalem. Topic: Challenges with Time and Deadlines for Those with ADHD

    2nd Place, $1,800 winner: Menachem Mendel Dekel. 770 Kevutzah. Topic: Competition – Growth or Decline?

    3rd Place, $1,000 winner: Rabbi Dovid Zalmanov. Kiev, Ukraine. Topic: How to Choose the Right Diet?

    Student, $500 winner: Menachem Mendel YeshayahuKiryat Shmuel, Haifa. Topic: A Chassidic Approach to OCD

    Hebrew Essay Winners [Women]:

    1st Place, $5,000 winner: Devorah Leah GarelickNeharia, Israel. Topic: The Secret of a “Good” Mistake

    2nd Place, $1,800 winner: MEliah Chadad. Netanya, Israel. Topic: Fill Your Life with Gratitude: The Chassidic Approach to Preventing Emptiness and Achieving Fulfillment

    3rd Place, $1,000 winner: RChana Berger. Migdal Ha’Emek, Israel. Topic: The Taste of Life

    Student, $500 winner: Mushka TabibKfar Chabad, Israel. Topic: Is Fundamental Change Possible?

    Visit www.chassidusapplied.com/contest to view the complete list of top 34 essay finalists and 14 creative finalists, whose entries will be published weekly.  

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