The Elephant in the Room is Moment’s annual initiative designed to focus attention on important topics about modern Jewish life that most people think about but hesitate to discuss in public. Our readers tell us that there are important conversations that they are afraid to have; the kind of topics that turn passionate debates into ugly fights. This contest is a venue where those conversations can safely occur.
The 2012 question was: How has anxiety affected you, your family or the Jewish people in general? Please feel free to discuss anxiety from a personal, religious, psychological or historical perspective.
Anxiety affects many of us; we may think about it and talk about it in private among friends, but a public discussion can be hard to initiate. As a result, we think it is crucial to provide a safe forum that encourages a full, nuanced spectrum of opinion.
The 2012 Elephant in the Room Contest is a partnership between Moment and the Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety (http://akfsa.org/).
How to enter
Each entry should include:
1. An original work addressing the given topic. Submissions should be entirely the work of the contestant. Submissions should be sent as attached files and should between 200 and 500 words. The contestant’s name should not appear anywhere on the submission.
2. An email cover containing the title of the submission, the contestant’s full name, address, day, evening and cellular telephone numbers, e-mail address and a three-line biography.
All submissions should be emailed to [email protected], or enter directly into the form below. THE CONTEST DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED: Entries must be received by 5pm EST on Friday, December 14.
Three winners, selected by Moment’s editors, will each receive an iPad. The winning essays will be published.
Each week in November, some of the best essays will be posted here; check in here to see what people are saying.