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500 Essays Sent to Writing Contest

5 Chassidic scholars are reviewing over 500 submissions written about the application of Chassidus to a life challenge. Full Story

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morah yehudis
February 27, 2015 11:48 am

I too loved writing the essay and thinking in general about relevance for moderns. My greatest challenge was trying to stay under the maximum of 2500 words! agree that there should be more distribution even from those that will not win. Isn’t that what ‘hafotzas hama’ayanos’ is all about?

to #15 Its not that hard
February 25, 2015 5:27 pm

500 entries does not mean that a good portion will not be quickly disqualified after reading the first paragraph. the judges will first sort thru the essays by skimming thru the 1st section, sorting the bad from the ones with potential

This is amazing! So needed!
February 25, 2015 5:23 pm

Perfect people on the panel and perfect idea!

Are all judges reading all essays?
February 25, 2015 3:58 pm

I don’t see how that’s even possible.
With 4 weeks of judging that means each judge has to read 125 essays a week or about 25 a day.
There’s no way a person can read that many essays and judge each one objectively. After a while you’re falling asleep over them.

11 & 13
February 25, 2015 1:50 pm

Agree wholeheartedly. Rabbi Jacobson, please post the essays on your site, and I think there should be more prizes with less money per prize, so the money is divided aMing more people.

Maybe you could do elimination rounds with the top half advancing, then a half of those, etc.

Probably many more than 3 good essays
February 25, 2015 1:07 am

I think the judges have a tough task ahead to choose the top 3 out of 500. I agree that all the essays that meet some minimum criteria should be posted. I’m sure the 497 people who won’t win a prize still have valuable insights to share.

Thanks Rabbi Simon Jacobson
February 24, 2015 8:41 pm

An amazing project! I loved writing the essay and I look forward to being involved in similar future projects.

Chaim
February 24, 2015 8:29 pm

will all the submissions be published online I would love to read them I am sure that it would be fascinating and probably the way to do it is to realease a few of them at a time so that it doesn’t become overwhelming

The essay takes a lot of time to research so
February 24, 2015 6:17 pm

From a practical point, I wish we had 6 weeks

try again
February 24, 2015 6:04 pm

would want to try out can you doit again?

From strength to strength
February 24, 2015 5:28 pm

This is just what we need in challenging times..lots more Chassidus applied. Wonderful program for learning and discussion. Hatzlacha rabbah to all the essay entrants !

Wil there be more contests like this?
February 24, 2015 4:54 pm

Missed the chance to enter –
Hope there will be other opportunities!
?למה נגרע

MUCH HATZLACHA!!

Baruch Hashem keep it coming
February 24, 2015 4:35 pm

Although I did not send in a essay, all that I was learning was connected to the applied chassidus idea I had in my head.

Start writing groups!!
February 24, 2015 4:20 pm

I loved it!

We should start chassidus applied writing groups to refine idea content as well as writing skill

Nice
February 24, 2015 3:33 pm

Thanks to chassidus applied I became a better person in all aspects of my life ( last 6 month)

great idea..but
February 24, 2015 3:04 pm

i’m very surprised that you did not include Rabbi Manis Freedman in the panel of judges. surely he is one of the foremost chassidic scholars that we have today?

to # 1
February 24, 2015 2:59 pm

I second that!

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February 24, 2015 2:24 pm

Please make more of this essay contests. I loved it, honestly, since i was busy working on the essay, i did not spend time doing silly things.
Thank you!!

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