Feb 14, 2010
Markel's Poem-Song Project

'A Jewish Star' alum Mendel Markel and friend Ian Heiss are working on a book with a poem for each Parsha in the Torah.

Mendel Markel, former contender of the popular singing competition 'A Jewish Star', is currently involved with a new musical project.

A soon-to-be published book, entitled 'Blueprints of the Universe', contains a poem for each Parsha in the Torah.

They are based on the poetry of Ian Heiss, a friend of Markel who majored in poetry at University of Pittsburgh (class of '71).

"I was really lit up by the depth as well as flow of his poetry and how he also included things from Rashi and Midrash," Markel told COLlive.com.

"This is poetry of a level seldomly heard in Jewish music. I adapted them into songs by adding choruses and sometimes tweaking the verses where I felt it would help the flow for song adaptation."

Markel recently also composed a song to the moving poem written by Pesha Leah Azoulay OBM a short time before her tragic death.


AUDIO: Yacov's Struggle is the poem/song for Parshas Toldos


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1
Question
Why didnt Mendel do sometihng like this for the contest?? It wouldve gotten alot more votes!
(2/14/2010 10:23:04 AM)
2
COOL
KINDA COOL
(2/14/2010 11:38:29 AM)
3
TO #1
What's happened cannot be changed.
At least he realized from the contest that he should push himself. Other people dont make the person, it's the person that makes himself. You don't need other people's approval to be what YOU want to be.
(2/14/2010 12:01:54 PM)
4
go pittsburgh
we are rooting for you MENDEL
(2/14/2010 12:26:50 PM)
5
another question
is that Ian Heiss in the photo with him?
(2/14/2010 12:31:44 PM)
6
QUESTION
What does the picture have to do with the article?
(2/14/2010 12:37:01 PM)
7
love it
the song is excelent love it
(2/14/2010 12:52:48 PM)
8
what am i missing
why doesn't this load on my computer?
(2/14/2010 1:52:45 PM)
9
"i'm all lit up?"
is this guy from california or something? i have lived all my life in a basement in crown heights. i have never heard this expression "i'm all lit up". only in context of a menorah maybe. i guess we are all menorahs to bring light to the world
(2/14/2010 3:31:42 PM)
10
To "i'm all lit up?"
THANK YOU THANK YOU.
You have brought us such laughter by your comment.
(2/14/2010 4:22:44 PM)
11
I think
Thats Howie mandel in the photo with Reb' Mendel M.
(2/14/2010 5:24:06 PM)
12
wow!
(2/22/2010 8:26:36 AM)
13
Book has been published
It is available on www.Amazon.com
(7/2/2014 2:56:33 PM)
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