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Girl Argues Against Contest Rules

14-year-old Menucha Rochel Dubinsky of Newton, Massachusetts teaches us all a lesson about the relevance of Chassidus. Full Story

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Movies, music and storytelling
May 2, 2016 5:23 pm

Menucha is also a movie star! This is the most recent one: her Pesach insights and congratulations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VSCT8cRtKo

To #17
April 21, 2016 7:16 pm

Homeschooled.

Making a point, not trying to break the rules
April 17, 2016 4:39 am

I hope that everyone, judges and readers alike, see the girl’s letter not as an attempt to break rules but as a message. Bending the contest’s rules to include this essay is not right: it will contaminate the girl’s message; it will also be unfair to many young people who have not participated in the content because they obeyed its rules.

Mamash
April 16, 2016 9:59 pm

Baruch HaShem we mamash pashut have these people they are the pillars of the world if we didn’t have them then the world mamash wouldn’t be so great. A lot of people think “rule breakers” are automatically connected to something bad but this little rule breaker broke that rule- she connected it to chassidus!! Way to go!!!!!

She is very inspiring
April 15, 2016 5:16 pm

I have a son her age who is a lamdan. In a few years can they meet. I would love her as a daughter-in-law

Beautiful
April 15, 2016 5:03 pm

Beautiful Essay, beautiful girl, and beautiful message.

Chanoch lenaar al pi darko gam ki yazkin lo yassur mimeno – learn Chassidus, teach Chassidus, speak Chassidus with your children, teenagers, grown up relatives, friends, students, acquaintances, business contacts… Make it relevant and real – that is why it’s been made available to us! – and guaranteed, you will see the results. ONLY positive can come out of this.

SO Wonderful!
April 15, 2016 3:47 pm

This is SO wonderful! Kudos to you Menucha Rochel Dubinsky!!! May you continue being proud of your love for Chassidus and always be gorem nachas ruach to the Rebbe. I wish the soon-to-be announced winners bracha & hatzlacha! Like Rabbi Jacobson has been saying during all the broadcasts I manage to listen to, “EVERYONE who submitted an essay, or who has even just thought about how to apply Chassidus more deeply and personally to their daily lives, is a winner!” Yes, perhaps the biggest winner of all will be that which will be born as a result of this contest:… Read more »

Anne Frank writing ability
April 15, 2016 9:32 am

B”H

I will not make a comment on the contest rules. Maybe someone else will benefit more from 10 k. No matter what, this girl just won the lottery. Amazing writing and sensitivity, akin to Anne Frank’s. Moved everyone who read her essay. I am in tears. She is so right. Not only age does not matter, but also FFB/ Bal Teshuva status, money, ychus, etc etc. Torah and Chassidut are for everyone. Everyone. Thank you Menucha I will never forget your words.

Magnificent
April 15, 2016 3:50 am

Well done! However, a contest is a contest and the age should not be lowered!There is a time and place and age for everything. Perhaps there cAn be a teen to 15 group with rewards and a team to oversee. The shluchim convention make Parallel programs for young adults and children.

Nice!
April 15, 2016 2:08 am

What school does she go to?

dont feel bad
April 15, 2016 12:11 am

There is noone stopping a person of any age from learning,applying,writing&publishing chassidic articles.
this contest is mainly about the money,younger people can realize the true value of learning chassidus without getting money for it,but when someone gets older he needs a prize.
p.s. you can make a website and write up all the chassidus you want.

Shlucha to be!
April 15, 2016 12:04 am

You are so inspiring, even to a 40 year old!

Smartest 14 year old!!
April 14, 2016 11:46 pm

Menucha Rochel you are so amazing!!

how about
April 14, 2016 11:37 pm

bar/bas mitzvah age limit

menucha
April 14, 2016 10:07 pm

goo menuchaaaa!!!! love your cousin:) or not in our case

Very proud
April 14, 2016 8:37 pm

Very nice – keep motivating all the Chassidishe Girls..!!

Of course
April 14, 2016 8:20 pm

Back to basics sichos

WOW!
April 14, 2016 8:04 pm

Really well-written and a smart, intelligent girl!
14?! Very impressive.
I think she’s right – the age limit should start at 14/13.

Mah kesher?
April 14, 2016 7:51 pm

Moshiach now! Putting an age restriction doesn’t contradict anything she said. 100%, chassidus is definitely for e/o, we all can make a difference and change the world.we all bring nachas to Hashem. But the goal of the contest is not to c who can make the biggest change. It’s to see how practical the chassidus one has learned can be applied, and how well this can be expressed. And for this there needs an age because indeed we all are important, but let’s be honest here- there comes a time when you gain lots more knowledge, and it is understood… Read more »

GO NUCHIE!
April 14, 2016 7:21 pm

way to go, nuch-nuch 😉
-ELB

no to lowering
April 14, 2016 6:53 pm

If you lower the age range,i can bet that you will see older sibs and other “helping”to write it.Everything or most things have a range aand at some point u’ll have 10 yr olds writing which is fine for that group but adults do not want to compete with children.That is rediculous.Or have what the chidon has.Another issue is that no matter how smart,they still do not have the life skills to expound upon a concept.Nice essay,nice girl but I totally disagree with lowering the age range.That’s life.Try next year IYH’.

Smart girlie and Chassidish too!
April 14, 2016 6:39 pm

Alot of Idishe and Chassidishe Nachas to her parents!
Not your average 14 year old.
15 years old is just fine for the essay contest.
Unless you want to divide it into 2 age groups, you shouldn’t lower the age.

wow
April 14, 2016 6:25 pm

great essay i just read it

Wow!
April 14, 2016 6:01 pm

Go nuchie!
Menucha rachel is my good friend!
-fruma belinsky

GO MENUCHA!!!
April 14, 2016 5:42 pm

love,ur camp mate

wow
April 14, 2016 5:22 pm

she seems like a smart and thoughtful girl…she wrote that at 14?!
and pretty as well 😉

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