ESSAYS| 2020

ESSAYSss| Essays 2020

A Journey from Fear and Suffering to Control and Serenity

Countess Rivka Elkaim

Essays 2020 / Finalists

In this essay, we will explore OCD, first from a medical vantage point and then as illuminated by the teachings of Chassidus, specifically the Tanya and Igros (letters) of the Rebbe. As a disclaimer, the author is neither a therapist nor a licensed medical professional, and the contents of this essay are not intended to

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The Power of Imagery

Yehuda Shmotkin

Essays 2020 / Finalists

Yetzias Mitzrayim Yetzias Mitzrayim in Chasidus means to leave our own personal Meitzar and Gvul. Leave our boxes. Get out of our comfort zones and enter a space of Merchav. Broadness. Expansiveness. How do we attain this? One way is to simply do those things that are difficult. Getting out of ourselves. Doing the hard,

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Loneliness

Chaya Mushka Stern

Essays 2020 / Finalists

When was the last time you’ve picked up the phone and called a friend just to chat? Technology has made us self-sufficient, independent individuals. Although we know more people than any time in  history, with contacts and social networks ever growing, our interactions have become less sincere and  meaningful.  This is the irony nowadays. As

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Peeling Away the Mask: The Chassidic Guide to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Mallory Rosten

Essays 2020 / Finalists

You’re faking it, right? You’re successful, you’re good at your job, and you’re talented. At least, that’s what people say. But you have a secret suspicion that you’re not talented at all. All your success is some twisted mistake and it’s not too long before you’re found out. You’re a fraud. An imposter. I know

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The Passionate Life – Adding Vitality and Joy into Your Every Day

Sarala Weinstein

Essays 2020 / Finalists

Introduction:  Passion. A flame. A fire. Leaping higher and higher. Growing in its intensity. Bursting forth. The intense joy. The fervor. His walk is a dance. His tunes uplift. His pure and simple elation is infectious. This is a chassid.  What we’ll explore  What sets the chassid apart? What is this passion and joy? I

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STOP THE TRAIN!!!

Chani Segelman

Essays 2020 / Finalists

Stop thinking about it. Stop thinking about it. Stop thinking about it! Doesn’t feel too easy, huh? We all struggle with the “Don’t Think About the Pink Elephant” challenge. We feel that we are a slave to our thoughts, the onslaught of anxieties, distractions, a constant whirlwind of noise. No matter how much we tell

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