Yankel der Hezeriker, aka Jacob Gottlieb (1852-1900) Chassidic Kaddish
YANKEL DER HEZERIKER, A.K.A. JACOB GOTTLIEB (1852-1900)—CHASSIDIC KADDISH
May God’s name be exalted and hallowed throughout the world, as is His wish...
In Chassidic belief, whatever seems foreign to godliness, even a secular melody, is only estranged from it and can
be reunited with the Divinity, provided it is wedded to a sacred text. This doctrine has spurred cantors over the past 200
years to “reclaim” Romanian shepherd calls, Russian ballads, Polish military marches, Austrian waltzes and Ukrainian
love songs for synagogue use. One such tune, attributed by some scholars to a Chassid named Yankel Gottlieb, passed
through many hands and was recorded by such notable cantors as Josef Rosenblatt (1882-1933) and David Koussevitzky