Jan 29, 2010
Azoulay's Poem Becomes Song

Mendel Markel, A Jewish Star contestant, composed a song to the moving poem written by Pesha Leah Azoulay obm a short time before her tragic death.

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"Isn't Your Cup Full" by Pesha Leah Azoulay OBM, an aspiring poet, from her blog "Ashrainu! - A Seeker Halts, Reflects And Internalizes, Naturally Uplifts."

By Pesha Leah

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.


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1
enough
as i listen to this tears are streaming down my face adding to the cup and all i can think is AD MASAI!!!
(1/28/2010 8:23:41 PM)
2
Gershon
very nice and very touching
(1/29/2010 12:00:29 AM)
3
very moving!!
(1/29/2010 12:19:45 AM)
4
WOW ! (pgh)
M. Markel -- amazing !!
I read the poem to my students that tragic day.
It was so moving and the timing quite ironic... Now, it's even more emotional with your song. Thanks for sharing it...
Moshiach NOW !!
(1/29/2010 1:49:16 AM)
5
!!nee
wowww stunning and very touching!!!!!
(1/29/2010 2:07:42 AM)
6
close friend of Pesha
Pesha would of been so touched and warmed by her poem made into this song.. I am sure she is smiling in Olam Haemes! Thank you very much Mendel Markel!
(1/29/2010 2:36:10 AM)
7
impressed
what a beautiful legacy she left. may her family be comforted. what an inspiration.
good on mendel markel for doing something so concrete and useful that will touch so many people.
(1/29/2010 2:53:56 AM)
8
that's real talent
the fact that Markel didn't even make it in top 10 despite his talent in singing so many styles and his ability to compose... proves that the contest doesn't reflect on reality.
(1/29/2010 3:30:44 AM)
9
to #8
I truly and sincerely appreciate your appreciation (and everyone elses), but I do want to point out that the 10 contestants who made it to round 2, in addition to being talented, worked very hard both on making videos that they felt would be popular with the public as well as on promoting themselves, neither of which I did in the least. I set out to teach a Nigun and build interest in R' Zalmen Levin's work and I feel I succeeded at that with my submission. At the same time I knew from the start that many will not be able to relate easily. In reality, hard work and trying to connect with the public means as much or more than natural talent. In this case the 10 that made it had both outstanding talent as well as the hard work to back it up. Their spots in the top 10 were very well deserved and I hope you will join me in wishing them all the very best bechol ma'asei yedeihem.
Thanks again for your support,
Mendel Markel
(1/29/2010 3:57:50 AM)
10
AD MOSAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
makes me cry...Hashem, Rebbe we need the Geulah right away!
(1/29/2010 4:19:00 AM)
11
To Mendel Markel
Or should I say Mendel Marvel, how you adapted her lyrics into that composition truely does justice to her heartfelt cry to the aibishter. Her plea to hashem which is dominant in her lyrics touches the cord of each and everyone of us, It's so sincere yet at the same time, it's a personel note to hashem coming from a place deep within a person who demanded answers and had no quams being explicit to hashem To the point where no lyracist has gone before

I belive it's high time we got the answers leah so brilliantly asked for

Leah "BE THE MAYLITZ YOISHER THAT WE KNOW YOUR ARE " And dont waver from your conviction to get us answers
(1/29/2010 5:47:02 AM)
12
beautiful
very touching, excellent job!
(1/29/2010 7:47:10 AM)
13
Wow!
That is really beautiful! Great melody for the song!
(1/29/2010 7:49:49 AM)
14
hurting
Hopefully Pesha Laya is standing before the Kisei Hackovod right now and bringing her argument of the AIbershters being full . Her poems resonate her pain of the Galus.Dear friends pick up the phone and call someone that you are enstranged from and in the spirit of Ahavas Yisroel we will merit MOashiach NOW. Let us be an example to our children and students of true Ahavas Yisroel
(1/29/2010 8:21:41 AM)
15
Miriam Roetter
THANK YOU!!
(1/29/2010 8:42:54 AM)
16
A Kfar Chabad buddy
I met Mendel in Israel about 15 years ago around the time of the first yahrzeit of my dear friend Hakadosh Ari Halberstam. Mendel composed a touching melody to a song that had been written in Ari's memory. His musical talent is truly unparalleled. Thanks Mendel for then and now.

DB
(1/29/2010 9:11:21 AM)
17
the poem is so true
HASHEM WHY???
BRING MOSHICHA RIGHT NOW
AND MY THIS POEM BE CHANGED INTO SOMETHING GOOD
(1/29/2010 11:25:12 PM)
18
touched
beautiful poem!
(1/30/2010 12:19:56 AM)
19
beautiful....no words. just tears.
(1/30/2010 1:47:40 PM)
20
Thank you.
(1/30/2010 1:48:20 PM)
21
you could tell this man has a big chassidishe heart even in his modest adition! Thanks for the uplifting song!
(1/30/2010 2:31:40 PM)
22
Wow!
Her words touched our hearts and this song brings us to tears.
(1/30/2010 2:42:17 PM)
23
touched
the poem is sotouching.
why hashem hear our prayers.
bring mashiach now
(1/30/2010 4:30:47 PM)
24
touched very much
would like to hear the song about ari ad masai
(1/30/2010 4:55:40 PM)
25
to DB and #24
I've been wanting to record the Ari song for years now, but I'm missing some of the lyrics - if I can figure them all out I'd be glad to record and share... btw DB I still remember like it was yesterday standing by the dumpster across the field from the dorm in kfar with you and LN. We sang the Ari song over and over with all of our hearts in the wee hours of the morning, it was a truly inspiring night :-)
mm
(1/30/2010 5:38:44 PM)
26
Mendel Rocks!
mendel,
forget about the competition, you don't need it to jumpstart your career.
I'm sure you'll make it further than anyone if you launch a CD.
you have great talent!
please let us enjoy more of your singing and great heart!
I'll be the first to buy your CD!
(1/30/2010 5:54:11 PM)
27
moshiach now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(1/31/2010 5:35:59 AM)
28
Mimi
HE IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(1/31/2010 6:44:57 AM)
29
Yaakov @Chani Rosenberg
Very touching thank you Pesha would be so proud
(1/31/2010 10:52:41 AM)
30
Pesha Leah (my little sister)
thank you so much for putting her poem into song i listen to it sometimes when i am missing her
(7/12/2010 5:24:15 PM)
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