NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2013 - Page 180

A Kaddish for victims 178 By 1958, Paul Robeson could sing to a wider audience once again. In Carnegie Hall, on 9 May, he sang several Negro spirituals but also the “Chassidic Chant of Levi Isaac” which he had added to his repertoire twenty years earlier at the Unity Theater in London. According to Jonathan Karp, who has devoted an illuminating study to the importance and the recurrence of this song in Robeson’s concerts, the song is in fact a version of the Kaddish (mourning prayer) attributed to Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (1740-1809). 43 The song is also known as Din Toyre mit Got (a plea to God) since, according to tradition, on one Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year), the Rabbi who was reputedly a champion of the p ?? ??Y?[?\??[[?H?H]Y\?[?[???Z?ZX??]H?Y??\?[??[??X?Y??\??????Y??H?[??[?????[??Z\?B??\??[YK?][??\???&\?[?\??]Y?H???\?H??\?Y?Z[??[??\??\??X?][?H?Y\???H?X]?\?^H??X?[\????H??H???Y??\?Y???H[?KT?[Z]\?K?][???H???Y??\?Y???H?X?\?K????H^?]][?????H???X[\?K?????Y??H][?[??KH\??YY???H?X??\??]?H[Y[??[??]\?X?\?H?]ZX???[HX[?Y?\?][??HX\??[^?\??[?[?H??H???\?\?[??HY?Z[????\??[?Z?[??]??\??^[?HY??X?[?][?X???\??\??\??X??\?H?]?\???[][?]H[??N?[?\?H?[? ??????Q?S L? L?[?? M????[??\?[?[??H?\??YX??[??[??\??Y?YH[ ??\??\???Y?[B?X?Y][?H?\?H?\??\?[??]\?X?[??[?X[??H?X????]???HYYY]?[??X?Z[??[??X?\??[?X[?[???Y[?\?H?\??]\?X?[??Y??X?[???[?[???Y??X?[?[Y\?X?[??\???]\?X?[? ?[?[K?H?XX?[????\??]\??]?\?[??[X[H??\?????[??HH?Y\??\??Y][?[HH???&\??^Y\???\?X?X\?Y?]\???][???\??Y\?\?\????\?X][??\\?\??Y?\?[??HY?H\???[??Y?Y?X?[??H]\?8?'?\??YX??[?8?'B?X?]Z\?Y??][??\??[?[??\??Y?\??H\?\?\?]H?[Y?[?\?[??[Z[H[Y[??[??\???[Z]Y[???\?[?H[\?[?[?H?[\?[?[??]X?[[Y[??[??[??[????X?\?HY??\?[?[Y[??[???\?B?[?^\????[H[??Y[?H?[??\??&\?Z[? ????][??\??H?X??\???&\??[?Y?Z[H[?H?]?\???[???&\??[?Y???YH?[?[][??\?Y???[[?????[?H?[YH?^????\?H?Y?[???\?H]??H?[??\X?[ ??X?X?[[?]\?X????X?[ ???\?????]Y[H[?[??Y[?[?YB???Y]?\?H?]?Y[??\?\?[[H[???X?[?[???Y[??\?[Y[??^?[? X??H[ [?H[\???HX??]?[??XY?KH8?'[??XY?B??[??\??'H?X?Y[\?\??Y[B?]?[?\?H?[ ?\?[??H?X??Z[][??YY][??[??????[H H\??X????????[?H[? NML???[??[??K?[??H\??\??[?\??Y?H?\????YY??X????HZ\????\??]?B??]?\??ZY??????\??\??X?Y???H?[Y[X?\?Y\??]\?[???\????\??[??XY[??[?X??]? B??H??\\?\???]?Y[?H?]B???X??[?H[?H?]H??]???\??X?]Y ??]\?Y[??YX?Y???]?\?H?HH\?[??[?B???\??[?Y?Y?X?[??H?HX?\?][??Y\??Y?H?H^?\?[?\\?\?B????HY?\]?H?[??Y[?[?\?[?Y ?\?X?[\?H[?H?[[?\??Y???\?]X[????[??\??X????\??\??X?\?\?8?'[\\??[?Y??[?H??Y??H??HX?\?][???H?Y??[?K??'HY]H[??\?Y?]?[?[?H?[??\????X?[???X?\??H\?[HY[?X??]\?N??H^Z[?Y ??X?H[?[?\?X?B?X?\?Y?HH??[][?\?[?B??]?\?Y?K[???[X?\? NMM?8?'B?\??YX??[? ??^[\K\?B????[?[\X??H?Y??\?[?\?????H??]???[?8?%H??\??[???\?Y?Z[??[?Y?K[?\??X?][??%??][???X?]\?H?]???N?B??\?[??[??]H]?H??[?\?\??[??Y][?[?Y???\?[?\????[?\?K??\?H??]?[??B??X?Y?X????Y?H?[?\?Y\?H??[[?\?]Y?K??'H ???K?L??L? L??SB??