ESSAYS| 2020

ESSAYSss| Essays 2020

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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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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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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