Wake up! - Modeh Ani by Mendel Lazaroff - Chabad of Uptown - Judaism in Houston near The Galleria
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I started my music experience with piano, toyed with the flute, but came back playing seriously with the piano. I composed this song shortly after my good friend Mendel Cotlar's passed away, on Tuesday, Tishrei 13, 5775 / Oct. 7, 2014. Actually, any kid who knew him, considered him his good, if not best, friend. This happened only a few weeks after his bar-mitzvah when he had unexpected complications of GSD-1A, a metabolic disease. Mendel's younger brother, Aryeh, also has GSD and I hope we can find a cure!

A highlight of his Bar Mitzvah speech was when he discussed the short prayer on first awakening, Modeh Ani, which expresses gratitude to G-d for returning one’s soul on awakening each morning. Mendel asked everyone in attendance for a “birthday present”: to say Modeh Ani with concentration each day. Many guests, inspired, began doing this the very next day onward.

50% of the song's proceeds will be donated to world-class research to find a cure for GSD. Together we can hopefully help find a cure for GSD and Aryeh too!

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