ESSAYS| 2020

ESSAYSss| Finalists

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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The World Around Us through the Lens of Chassidus

Fraida Raskin

Creative 2020 / Finalists

The word for glasses in Hebrew is (משקפיים) Mishkafayim.  This shares a root with the word in Hebrew for outlook or perspective, (השקפה) Hashkafa.  Hashkafa also refers to our worldview and guiding philosophy. It is a perspective and outlook on life that works in conjunction with Halacha, the laws and commandments derived from Torah that

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What is Within

Naomi Deitsch

Creative 2020 / Finalists

כי קרוב אליך הדבר מאד בפיך ובלבבך לעשותו Because it is very close to you in your mouth and in your heart to observe it… This pasuk is in Devarim (chapter 30, pussuk 14). Moshe is speaking to Bnei Yisroel, and he tells them to observe the Mitzvos. The Alter rebbe quotes the pasuk קרוב

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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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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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