ESSAYS| 2020

ESSAYSss| Essays 2020

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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Purposeful Living

Aharon Zev Moshel

Essays 2020 / Finalists

As the old saying goes “Knowing the cause is half the solution”.  At the root of some of the most widespread phenomena that plague the 20th century, Jewish psychologist Victor Frankl believed that there lay a fundamental, underlying cause. Frankl coined the term ‘existential vacuum’(1) to account for many modern troubles such as boredom ,

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Elevated Sleep

Rena Pinson

Essays 2020 / Finalists

In today’s culture of instant gratification and perpetual motion, society has come to dislike open spaces of time, unfilled with stimulation. We have come to crave constant action and stimulation. In a world where the focus is on achievement, people are often resisting the action of nothing, of simply creating space and pause. With the

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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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Accept or Expect? Can We Do Both?

Mushka Feldman

Essays 2020 / Finalists

Something is being lost in the translation. The numbers just aren’t adding up. With all the effort that educators around the world are investing, how are so many children still falling through the cracks? As much progress as we’re making, so many teenagers are still struggling with feeling misunderstood by their parents and teachers. Words

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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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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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