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Advice for “Beard Pickers”

Rabbi Simon Jacobson on challenging our Chinuch system, openly disagreeing with a child’s teacher and advice for "beard pickers." Also: launching the MyLife Essay Contest with $10,000 grand prize. Video

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the genius of the contest idea...
January 20, 2015 2:14 am

The genius of the contest idea is that of course each person will him- or herself start thinking “How can I apply the chassidus I know to the challenge I’m currently facing?” Which is exactly Chassidus Chabad, to a) use your brain and b) do the work yourself. Brilliant!!!

beard
January 19, 2015 9:29 pm

I would venture to say that many (if not most?) “Beard pickers” have some dose of anxiety and therefore are expressing it with their hands. It’s a habit that they are not proud of, they just need another way to deal with it. One should judge them favorably.

agree with #8
January 19, 2015 3:58 pm

this will truly give them a chance to judge totally on the merit of the idea or presentation and not be clouded by any other considerations.

Blind Judging
January 19, 2015 3:09 pm

The judging will be anonymous. The judges won’t know whose paper they are reading. I heard firsthand from MLC staff.

agree with #3
January 19, 2015 1:49 pm

perhaps Rabbi Jacobson can re-consider this detail AND allow for more than one entry per contestant. GR8 idea to motivate people.

To #5
January 19, 2015 1:22 pm

The same way it works with state exams etc.
Each person has a number or code that none of the judges know and then afterwards they can find out who it is.

to #4
January 19, 2015 1:08 pm

Yap was there! An amazing event with an amazing speaker!

to #3
January 19, 2015 1:04 pm

I think you’re right. I hope they listen to your advice!

to #3
January 19, 2015 11:59 am

Then how do they know who the winner is? anyone can claim it…

rabbi jacobson is amazing
January 19, 2015 1:15 am

he spoke by the 24 sivan event, when they blocked off eastern parkway

Panel of Judges
January 19, 2015 12:05 am

If the contest for the $10000 prize is to be truly based on the content of the essay then the judges should not know the author, or their personal details……

FANTASTIC & BRILLIANT!!!
January 18, 2015 8:33 pm

What an absolutely wonderful idea!! As a CH resident and parent, as well as long time educator, I applaud Rabbi Jacobson’s dedication to sharing his direct approach of applying Chassidus and making it so pleasant and simple for all of us to listen weekly. Rabbi Jacobson, on behalf of my family, I wish you continued success and a multitude of blessings for completing an entire year of MyLife-Chassidus Applied. Your ingenuity and creativity in creating this contest is brilliant and fantastic! CHAZAK!!!

what a great contest
January 18, 2015 6:55 pm

who thought of the idea?

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