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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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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!!

to # 1
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I second that!

great idea..but
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great idea..but

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?

Nice
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Nice

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

Start writing groups!!
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Start writing groups!!

I loved it!

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

Baruch Hashem keep it coming
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Baruch Hashem keep it coming

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.

Wil there be more contests like this?
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Wil there be more contests like this?

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

MUCH HATZLACHA!!

From strength to strength
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From strength to strength

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 !

try again
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try again

would want to try out can you doit again?

The essay takes a lot of time to research so
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The essay takes a lot of time to research so

From a practical point, I wish we had 6 weeks

Chaim
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Chaim

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

Thanks Rabbi Simon Jacobson
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Thanks Rabbi Simon Jacobson

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

Probably  many more than 3 good essays
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Probably many more than 3 good essays

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.

11 & 13
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11 & 13

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.

Are all judges reading all essays?
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Are all judges reading all essays?

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.

This is amazing! So needed!
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This is amazing! So needed!

Perfect people on the panel and perfect idea!

to #15 Its not that hard
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to #15 Its not that hard

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

morah yehudis
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morah yehudis

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?

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