ESSAYS| 2020

ESSAYSss| Essays 2020

Getting In Shape – For the Final Redemption!

Chaya Miriam (Cynthia) Moline

Essays 2020 / Finalists

The background topic of this essay is the unparalleled success of two opposite-pole industries in the US: The ever-thriving food industry, and the brazenly successful diet industry, both paragons of unmatched revenue. It offers insight on how our own million-year observances are a shield and a response to these challenges. With this background, the focus

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The Lamplighter

Rivka Cohen

Essays 2020 / Finalists

Chassidic Tools for Self-Discovery   Introduction – Chassidus is the Compass   “Rebbe, what is a chassid?”  Replied the Rebbe: “A chassid is a lamplighter…”   Rabbi Sholom DovBer, the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe   Everyone has the same question, and so few people know where to look for the answer. For  some, the question takes the form of a

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Staying Strong To Who We Are Despite Our Surroundings

Mushka Cohen

Essays 2020 / Finalists

“They didn’t change their names, their language or their dress” [1] Living in our world nowadays isn’t at all that easy. There is the constant and persistent voice in our head that whispers “Just do what everyone else is doing”, “Why do you have to stick out as different?” and “Just be like everyone else”.

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Judaism: Irrelevant Micromanagement

Chaya Rivkin

Essays 2020 / Finalists

Judaism: Irrelevant Micromanagement Or An Inconceivable, All-Encompassing Relationship Human beings instinctively search for meaning. We crave purpose and fulfillment. In an analysis done by the Pew Research Center, it was found that in the U.S. and many other countries around the world, regular participation in a religious community is clearly linked with higher levels of

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Unconditional Trust

Aidel Cohen

Essays 2020 / Finalists

Dealing with the stress of life  Two kinds of stress  Stress is a daily struggle. You finally made that bar mitzvah? Then your younger kid starts having trouble in school and you think you’ll need to get them tested. As that’s getting sorted out, your refrigerator dies just before Shabbos and you have a mad

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Window for Words

Moshe Miller

Essays 2020 / Finalists

Transforming Darkness into Light, Negative into Positive We all face negative situations and hardships in life. How do we react to them? Is the best advice to duck and wait for things to improve – “hide for a brief moment until the wrath has passed,”[1] as the Prophet Isaiah puts it? Or is there a

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