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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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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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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Marriage Demystified by the Mystics

Sara Soble

Essays 2020 / Finalists

“I’m not attracted to my husband”, shared a wife. “Why isn’t Taharas hamishpacha working it’s magic in our relationship? The laws of family purity are supposed to create the perfect framework for passion in a marriage. What is missing for us?” “Why doesn’t my husband take initiative to care for our children?” wondered another. “I

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But Why?

Tzivia Greenbaum

Essays 2020 / Finalists

Questions are integral to our interpersonal, business and academic lives. Asking questions allows us to achieve things as mundane as clarifying tasks, to probing the deeper meaning of reality. This essay aims to explore the status of questions in the doctrines of Chassidic thought,. The ideas in this essay were inspired by a letter from

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First, Love Yourself

Sara Friedman

Essays 2020 / Finalists

85% of the world’s population is affected by low self esteem.[1] That’s right, 85 out of every hundred people do not have enough self-respect. They doubt their own value and  deem themselves undeserving of their own confidence. This 85% is not to be taken lightly. It represents over 6.4 billion people whose self-doubt is getting

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