ESSAYS| 2015

ESSAYSss| Essays 2015

Failure: The Key To Success

by Yossi Grossbaum 

Essays 2015

Second Place Winner of the MyLife Essay Contest Introduction Failure. The very word sends shivers down the spine of any would-be entrepreneur. It is often the reason that many people refuse to give up their day job in order to pursue their big idea. It is often why so many companies burst onto the world

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Chassidic Solution To Overeating

by Rivka Johnson 

Essays 2015

Third Place Winner of the MyLife Essay Contest Many people today struggle in their relationship with food. Both men and women find it difficult to navigate the decisions around what, how, and how much to eat. Various types of eating problems, including compulsive overeating, present a major challenge to people and are a source of

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Love Your Fellow

by Mina Gordon 

Essays 2015

Third Place Winner of the MyLife Essay Contest Introduction Sitting on a plane crossing the Pacific Ocean, I struck up a conversation with the woman next to me. She told me that she was on her way to give a lecture on improving personal relationships. She asked me what I do. “Well,” I answered, “I

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Hope In The Face Of Challenge

by Michal Morgenstern

Essays 2015

MyLife Essay Contest Finalist Chapter One: WAR It was an ordinary Thursday evening in July. Haifa, Israel. Dinner and bath time. Picture a tired, pregnant Mommy – me, after a long day at work, outnumbered by four lively youngsters. My dear husband Eliezer – still out studying for exams. It’s late. I’m trying to get the

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Speak What You Mean; Mean What You Speak

by Chelsea Mika Shar

Essays 2015

MyLife Essay Contest Finalist The Importance of Silence, Thinking, ‘Sorting & Separating.’ “To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a special heart that listens.”1 – Lubavitcher Rebbe Introduction No words can truly describe the feeling the Rebbe’s words instil in

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The Power Of Positive Thinking

By Yitzchak Winner

Essays 2015

MyLife Essay Contest Finalist “Tracht gut vet zien gut” – Think Good and it will be Good. The Goal: To apply Positive Thinking according to Chassidus in our lives. The Thesis: Using various sources and thoughts process to achieve true positive thinking. The Struggle: Thinking positive while balancing the realities of life and of our personal

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The Power Of Parable

by Mendel Rubin

Essays 2015

MyLife Essay Contest Finalist Applied Chassidus should be a given but sadly it is not. Even among avid students of Chassidus, there is often a disconnect between studied texts and real-world realities. There ought to be harmony and synthesis between physical and spiritual, esoteric ideas and human experience. However, many have trouble making these connections, as

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The Power Of Mystery

by Yakov Danishefsky

Essays 2015

MyLife Essay Contest “The world endures only by virtue of the secret” – Zohar, 3:128a, Idra Rabba “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” – Elie

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When Failure Is Really Success

by Sholom Kesselman

Essays 2015

MyLife Essay Contest We all fail every now and then. We fall victim to impulses like temptation and pride and we make poor choices that we know are wrong. With time, these failures add up and we find ourselves “shlepping” them along throughout life, like heavy baggage weighing down on our consciousnesses. In the case of

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