Jan 7, 2010
Pesha Leah Azoulay, 20, OBM

Tragedy: Lubavitch newlywed Pesha Leah Azoulay, nee Roetter, was killed in a car accident Wednesday. The funeral will take place Friday.

By COLlive.com reporter

Pesha Leah Azoulay, a 20 year-old Lubavitch woman from Crown Heights, was killed in a car accident Wednesday, 20 Teves 5770.

She was traveling back to New York with the Liberow family from her friend's wedding in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Born in Oak Park, Michigan, to the Roetter family, Pesha Leah was known for her kind smile, practical advice and enthusiasm.

"Although you are getting paid, Shlichus is more than just a job, Shlichus means a mission," she once wrote to fellow girls.

"We have a goal to accomplish, and it isn't how much money we can make. Our goal is to prepare the world for Moshiach by spreading the wellsprings of Torah and Chassidus."

Among her tasks in life was working as a preschool and Hebrew School teacher for Chabad of Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

On March 20, 2008, she visited the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and announced her engagement to Mendy Azoulay, a Lubavitch bochur from Paris, France.

They soon married at a ceremony at Lubavitch Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.

A poem she wrote for TheJewishWomen.org titled "Procrastination," ended with the words: "Can you relate? Can I change my fate?"

Wednesday's fatal multi-vehicle-crash occurred in Western Pennsylvania, on Interstate 80 (MM 32), shortly before 10:00PM, Yeshiva World News reported.

Ohio Shliach Rabbi Mendel Sasonkin and organizations Chesed Shel Emes and Misaskim worked tirelessly until 3:00AM with the Pennsylvania State Police to have her and another passenger Avrohom Dovid Liberow OBM released as soon as possible.

The funeral will take place in New York on Friday morning, leaving from Shomrei Hadas at 10:00 am and passing by 770 at 10:30 am.

The families need help with funeral costs and travel. To help please call Rabbi Lipa Brennan at 718-438-2727.

Baruch Dayan Haemes.


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Pesha Leah with her students
Pesha Leah with her students
Pesha Leah with her mother-in-law Yael Azoulay at the engagement L'Chaim party
Pesha Leah with her mother-in-law Yael Azoulay at the engagement L'Chaim party
Pesha Leah on her wedding day
Pesha Leah on her wedding day


Pesha Leah with her husband and extended family
Pesha Leah with her husband and extended family


Opinions and Comments
1
oh my!!
hashem! how can this happen to such a person?!
(1/6/2010 11:07:44 PM)
2
Boruch dayin emes
This is so tragic!
(1/6/2010 11:32:19 PM)
3
sorry
Was she a make up artist? i think i knew her, baruch dayin haemes- terrible new
(1/6/2010 11:36:19 PM)
4
I cant bear in any more
(1/7/2010 12:03:05 AM)
5
how???
how can this happen.
you were a amazing person and will b missed verry much, but the impast you made on everyone will reamin for ever.
(1/7/2010 12:10:12 AM)
6
Boruch dayan hoemes
(1/7/2010 12:10:46 AM)
7
Boruch dayan hoemes
What a special and devoted person...
http://collive.com/show_news.rtx?id=1054&hl=azoulay
(1/7/2010 12:24:55 AM)
8
pesha leah wrote this on her blog

Isn't Your cup full?
How many more tears must we shed?
Isn't it hard enough?
Isn't it time for this darkness to end?

You watch our struggles,
I know that You feel all of our pain.
But we still move on,
Asking, are the losses worth the gain?

Well, isn't Your cup full?
How many more tears do we need to cry?
Every test hurts,
And we ask You, please tell us, WHY?

Is there a reason?
Oh, when will You reveal Your plan?
It hurts so much,
Yet deep down, I know You understand.

But, isn't Your cup full?
Don't you think we've cried enough?
Please, tell me?
Does it really have to be this tough?

Haven't we gone through
So many trials throughout the ages?
In my history book,
Our blood splattered throughout the pages.

Now, isn't Your cup full?
It must be overflowing with tears,
All the suffering,
Of Your Nation through the years.

The Darkness
It feels so thick we're almost frozen
And I cry out,
G-d, Is this what You call Chosen?

Oh, isn't Your cup full?
Haven't our tears flooded Your throne?
It's enough!
Please, we can't continue on alone.

Yes, Your cup is full,
And we need You to come home...
Your cup is finally full,
We just need You to bring us home.
Written by Ashrainu Posted on Sunday, December 20, 2009
(1/7/2010 12:33:48 AM)
9
What's going on?
I just happen to go on COLlive and i thought that someone is kidding me... this can't be true
(1/7/2010 12:53:33 AM)
10
sarah
omg this is not normal, ad mosie
(1/7/2010 12:54:29 AM)
11
this is not normal
no way to express it but tears
(1/7/2010 1:13:28 AM)
12
stunned
AIBISHTER!!! AD MOSAI?!
(1/7/2010 1:23:33 AM)
13
shocked
wow, Pesha Leah was such a special person, her life was too short, we can all learn from her self motivation and dedication to yiddishkeit. may her neshama have a complete aliyah
(1/7/2010 1:33:48 AM)
14
ad mosai
we need moshiach right now!!!!!!
(1/7/2010 1:34:41 AM)
15
wow crazy!!
to link,,,i check out the link on what she wrote about the holtzberg's and there she quoted this: On Wednesday, we had finalized the details.

"I just was working with the companies,

Waiting for confirmations regarding transport.

On Wednesday night, my husband delicately mentions,

"Were you planning a trip to India?

I donít think that is a very good idea,

There are terrorist attacks."
(1/7/2010 1:35:21 AM)
16
baruch daayan haemes
thatis realy terrible news !!!!
(1/7/2010 1:51:25 AM)
17
Co worker
I worked with her at OK Kosher Certifiction
Sh was one special person ...
Boruch Dayan Haemes
(1/7/2010 1:54:27 AM)
18
Sara
I met her about a year ago and was so impressed with her. She was kind, mature, well spoken and gentle. She was a special person who deserved a good life. May her husband and family find the strength to deal with this terrible tragedy.
She was special and we will miss her.
(1/7/2010 1:55:58 AM)
19
boruch dayan hames
To the Whole Rotter Family,
Our hearts and prayers are with you as we all mourn the loss of you wonderful daughter who always had a smile on her face. May Hashem comfort you as only He can.

An old Detroiter
(1/7/2010 1:59:46 AM)
20
really sad
baruch dayan hoemes
(1/7/2010 2:28:16 AM)
21
DAYAYNU!!
She was just wonderful. I am so crushed. Speechless. Baruch dayan hoemes. Enough already, Aibishter! ENOUGH!
(1/7/2010 2:41:31 AM)
22
baruch dayan emes
All we have is tears! I'm reminded of the MBD song: hasn't the cup overflowed? Doesn't God OWE us Moshiach?!
(1/7/2010 2:43:09 AM)
23
Red
Dear Red!!!
We are thinking of you.......
(1/7/2010 2:43:22 AM)
24
Oy I am crying
This is so terrible!! Ad mosai????
(1/7/2010 3:03:19 AM)
25
No words.....
There are no words.....no words.......no words.........
(1/7/2010 3:18:54 AM)
26
Rochele
Terrible.......BDH
(1/7/2010 3:20:10 AM)
27
ad mosai!!!
what is going on!!! two accidents from this wedding hashem enough!!!!
(1/7/2010 3:22:15 AM)
28
Detroit
i think she was born in Grand Rapids Michigan not Oak Park
(1/7/2010 3:23:06 AM)
29
Oak Park
We are sad beyond words.....We'll miss you, Pesha...
Love,
C.D.
(1/7/2010 3:28:28 AM)
30
mel
baruch dayan emes!
wat happened 2 moshiach cuming in THIS generation?
how long is a generation???!!!
(1/7/2010 3:52:56 AM)
(1/7/2010 4:03:14 AM)
32
from her fb page, her fav. quote
How Could it Happen
-------------------
You ask me, "Why did G-d allow it to happen?"
You recognize that everything in this world has purpose and meaning.
Examine any aspect of His vast Creation, from the cosmos to the workings
of the atom and you will see there must be a plan.
And so you ask, where does this fit into the plan?
How could it?
I can only answer, painfully, G-d alone knows.
But what I cannot know, I need not know.
I need not know in order to fulfill
that which my Creator has created me to do.
And that is, to change the world
so this could never happen again.
(1/7/2010 4:11:44 AM)
33
Another poem from her blog
The sky is dark

The clouds are thick

Everything is cold.


The ice is dangerous

This winter night

Hope seems lost


Warmth is just a dream

A faint, whispering memory

Where is the light?

I can not see.


Iím falling, tripping over the ice.

Screaming in pain.

I hate this cold.

I hate this dark.


I wish it could end,

But that seems impossible.

There is no end in sight.

In fact, there is nothing at all in sight.


And when all hope seems gone

When all my dreams seem shattered,

A tiny ray

Breaks through the clouds.


A burst of light!

A ray of warmth.

A miracle.


It warms me, from within.

It creates a burst of energy

Lighting a fire inside of me

Not a raging fire,

Just a strong burning flame.

Itís a flame of hope.

Of change.


The ice starts melting.

The sun shines stronger.

The darkness has ended.

With a small ray of light.

My vision is returned.


Some call it the crack of dawn

I say, itís a miracle.


One day, soon

This galus will end.

The darkness is almost through.

This bitter cold will end.


Transformation from night to day

Is just the difference of one small ray.

That ray of light

Can be just a small act of kindness,

Which breaks through the ice

And bursts through the dark clouds.

Shining light into the deepest crevices.


Some call it a random act of kindness.

I say, itís a miracle.
(1/7/2010 4:15:55 AM)
34
to azulai & rotter families
AD MATAI???????
baruch dayan ahemet, LET'S ALL DO TSHUVAH, PEOPLE
WAKE UP???EACH ONE SHOULD DO HESCHBON HANEFESH AND MORE AHAVAS ISRAEL #1 all level....
FROM KLAL YISRAOL
(1/7/2010 4:18:08 AM)
35
BDH
This woman seemed very gentle and kind. We should take her light and continue to shine it, with honor and respect. May her husband, family and friends find the necessary strength to continue on the path of service to Hashem
(1/7/2010 4:57:15 AM)
36
Ad Mosay???
(1/7/2010 5:36:47 AM)
37
omg....
(1/7/2010 5:48:19 AM)
38
Baruch Dayan Emes
For the short time that I knew her, she always exuded happiness, caring, kindness and a genuine interest in Torah and Chassidus. Baruch Dayan Emes.
(1/7/2010 5:53:05 AM)
39
Boruch Dayan Haemes!!
I just went and read some of the things on her blog....why is it that people aren't recognized until they pass away? She has some amazing things on there!!!! Go read!!!
(1/7/2010 5:55:33 AM)
40
Boruch N. Hoffinger BS"D
I can't read the article . . . crying.
Too horrible! HaShem takes the 'tzadikim' as
a 'kapora.'
Let's make 'farbrengens' stressing 'Ahavat Yisroel.'
WE NEED MORE 'AHAVAT YISROEL' in Crown Heights!
(1/7/2010 5:58:09 AM)
41
Boruch Dayin Emes
I was on a shabbaton in bournemouth when she was in seminary there.She was such a great Leader!
Pesha Leah I will never forget you!!
(1/7/2010 6:01:58 AM)
42
so sad
Baruch Dayan emes
(1/7/2010 6:51:14 AM)
43
H'B PLEASE STOP, NO MORE,WE JUST CAN'T
Yes we accept that H'B is in charge, but being human there is only so much that we could take. and this is it.
Our feelings are numb, nothing makes cense no more. how do we go on?. our harts are completely broken. so much pain
Please STOP, Bring us together, bring us PEACE.
(1/7/2010 6:56:01 AM)
44
omg!
no- no, no no, no no, no no, no no, no no, no no, no no, no no, no no, no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pesha, my dear old friend pesha..........ive no more words......u were just too precious to stay with us anymore........:(
(1/7/2010 7:14:37 AM)
45
so sad...
baruch dayen haemes
(1/7/2010 7:21:26 AM)
46
baruch dayan haemes
(1/7/2010 7:22:21 AM)
47
I really cannot believe this!!
Hashem, Have mercy on your children!!!
(1/7/2010 7:23:27 AM)
48
AD MOSAI ! AD MOSAI !
(1/7/2010 7:23:34 AM)
49
CANT BELIEVE IT..
...so many trageties.....MOSHIACH NOW!
(1/7/2010 7:24:29 AM)
50
oy! what is on with the world?!? moshiach now!
(1/7/2010 7:32:47 AM)
51
to all......
ALL THIS: WHY? HOW COULD IT BE?

ARENT U ALL SUPPOSED 2 B LUBAVITCH?

I AM NOT MESHICHIST, NOT EVEN CHABAD, BUT THE REBBE zt''l SAID MOSHIACH IS ON ITS WAY! WE JUST NEED TO REVEAL HIM ! AND IF WE ARENT DOING OUR JOB TO REVEAL HIM, WE NEED A PUSH, A 'GENTLE' REMINDER. HASHEM TAKES THE PEARLS AS A KAPORAH....

MAY THIS BE A KAPPORAH FOR ALL OF KLAL YISROEL, AND WE MERIT TO SEE THE END OF THIS GALUS!

AMEN
(1/7/2010 7:46:55 AM)
52
to # 51
'I AM NOT MESHICHIST, NOT EVEN CHABAD, BUT THE REBBE zt''l SAID.....'
how culd u even say this?! the rebbe lives on, and ur theory of 'WE NEED A PUSH, A 'GENTLE' REMINDER....' is completely opposed to what the rebbe says! as lubavitchers, we know mshiach is HERE!

MOSHIACH NOW! LONG LIVE THE REBBE!
(1/7/2010 7:53:04 AM)
53
SOO SPOOKY!
it's so strange , Mrs. Lapine had the same name :Pesha leah
(1/7/2010 9:29:39 AM)
54
Crazy
I heard in the name of Harav Greenglass in Montreal he should be well.

He said I donít wonít to go to the next world SO I DONT ASK QUESTIONS!
And explained that the only answers come after 120 so donít ask. But I would say that just ask hashem for help.

(1/7/2010 9:33:28 AM)
55
A terrible News
Rav Mendy Azoulay is our Rav in Brussels - Belgium especially for the Month of Tishri. He even came again this year to help us out with Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur but Pesha Leah couldn't make it this time even if she did it the year before just after their wedding.

Mendy is also A FRIEND and I had the chance to meet his wife .. I am wordless.

The Shoul of "Rogier - Brussels (Belgium)" join the whole Family in their pain.

May Hachem protect them.

Phil 'Menahem'
Brussels - Belgium
(1/7/2010 9:59:23 AM)
56
BDH
Baru'ch Dayan a hemet ...
(1/7/2010 10:13:36 AM)
57
yes
to number 54 ,that is a freaky thought. I am spooked. and number 53 or anyone who knows for that matter, who is Mrs. lapine?
(1/7/2010 10:23:07 AM)
58
mushki
Pesha Leah!!!!!! i cant belive this!!!! THIS GOLUS IS JUST NOT NORMAL! WE NEED MOSHIACH NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(1/7/2010 10:24:37 AM)
59
bentzion black
Baruch Dian Emes

My deepest regards go out to the hold reotter family. Moshiach needs to come now
(1/7/2010 10:36:09 AM)
60
husband
Whats with her husband was he in the accident to?
(1/7/2010 11:12:39 AM)
61
Omg bde
Not all shluchim get paid, their are those who need help with money and could use your help
(1/7/2010 11:35:23 AM)
62
peretz
PERETZ wrote:
This is is simply beyond words. Rav Zalman has much zechusim a chasid yiras in every way and will ensure a refuah shlaima. Kerovah for him and wife and children that are stable. He is renown for his saver ponim yofois and avodah bsimchoh. He lost his mother and sibling many years ago when he and his whole family were involved in another terrible accident in London.his ivdu es hashem bsimchoh against all odds is an inspiration and may he continue to inspire us ad bias moshiach hayoim.Ad Mosai Ad Mosai Ad Mosai.
(1/7/2010 11:52:28 AM)
63
STAY FOCUSED!
A Poem by Pesha Leah A"H:

the way one looks -
Three meanings I have found
to this seemingly simple phrase,
Which is really not so simple
and can be translated in many ways.
-
the way one looks -
The very surface appearance,
just skin deep, doesn't go very far,
It's okay to appear different,
as long as you are proud of who you are.
-
the way one looks -
The main thing is not how well
or what one physically can see,
Some with less sight, have a vision
that guides them with clarity.
-
the way one looks -
The most essential ingredient
in overcoming any strife,
Is maintaining a strong focus
on the positive side of life.
-
the way one looks -
It's alright if this is different than others
both in appearance and sight.
More important is the way one looks positively,
focusing on what's right
Despite pain and hardships,
when confusion is at its height,
Lets look at what is shining,
and stay focused on the light!
(1/7/2010 2:19:20 PM)
64
so sad
may she beg for the coming of the geula
(1/7/2010 3:05:14 PM)
65
Stand united
Boruch dayan Haemes to both the Roetter and Azoulay family.
I just listened to a classby Rabbi Y. Jacobson on theyeshivah.net website on Parshas Shemos 5770. It was such chizuk after hearing somay tragedies. I advise everyone tolisten to it in this time of sorrow for Klal Isroel. The point was that we cannot understand the ways ofHashem and are notaloudtoeven pretend wedochas v'sholom. We have to praye and besseache Hashem to show us His Midass Harochomim.
May we all be able to open our eyes and great Moshiach NOW!
(1/7/2010 7:30:21 PM)
66
Oh Mendy!!
Mes prieres sont avec toi.... Si je peux rien faire....n'hesite pas a me contacter.... je vous (toi et Pesha) garde dans mes pensees..... boruch dayan emes....

-SW
(1/7/2010 7:48:18 PM)
67
baruch dayen emes
41 who are you??
so was I on a shabbaton in bourmouth with her.
its such terrible news i cant get over it
(1/8/2010 2:00:57 AM)
68
oy vey!
no more tzaros! The rebbe should take us out of this golus and bring us to MOSHIACH NOW!
(1/8/2010 6:09:22 AM)
69
Void
Noo!!!!! Tragedy takes on a whole new meaning when it involves someone you know. I knew her not well, only as a familiar face, and yet, I feel there's an emptiness now in the streets she walked, in shul, and in my heart. Hashem ad mosai!!!!!!!
(1/8/2010 6:59:48 AM)
70
so tragic..
this is so tragic...... boruch dayin emes.. ribono shel olom.. does anyone know the name of the blog?
(1/9/2010 2:52:26 PM)
71
so sad.
pesha was sooo special!!!
we want moshiach now[3
(1/10/2010 12:11:37 PM)
72
terrible!
how come everyone notices how special a person is only after they pass away? we should start appreciating people more then we do now not when they pass away!
MOSHIACH NOW!
WE CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE!
(1/11/2010 12:27:14 PM)
73
WOW !!!
how long do we have to wait till moshiach comes !?!
(9/12/2010 8:18:09 AM)
74
her fifth yairtzeit
In honor of pesha's upcoming fifth yartziet. May we see her with moshiach b4 then.

Im not sure if u r aware, but we r compilling a collection of all of pesha's poems and also any personal stories about how she touched people.
If u would like to share a specific story for the book, or if u have any unknown poems she wrote, u r welcome to email me at 1059pm@gmail.com thanx
~ Pesha's baby brother menachem
(1/3/2015 6:18:28 PM)
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