Yaakov Yitzchak Rabinowicz

Yaakov Yitzchak Rabinowicz (Polish: Jakub Izaak Rabinowicz; 1766–1813), also known as the Yid Hakudosh (Yiddish: ייִד הקדוש; Hebrew: היהודי הקדוש, HaYehudi HaKadosh, "The Holy Jew"),[1] was the founder of the Peshischa (פשיסחא, Yiddish) sect of Hasidism in Przysucha, Poland, which was "an elitist, rationalistic Hasidism that centered on Talmudic study and formed a counterpoint to the miracle-centered Hasidism of Lublin."[2] He held court in the grand synagogue of Przysucha.

Yaakov Yitzchak Rabinowicz
Died1813 (aged 46–47)
Known forFounder of the Peshischa sect of Hasidism in Przysucha, Poland
Grand Synagogue of Przysucha


He was born in 1766. A disciple of The Seer of Lublin, from whom he broke, and the teacher of Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa, to whom was passed the helm of his movement, he was also the ancestor of the Biala Hasidic dynasty. His break from The Seer is dramatically recounted in Martin Buber's Gog Und Magog, published in English as For the Sake of Heaven. He died in 1813.


His teachings are documented in the posthumous work, Wonders of the Holy Jew (נפלאות היהודי). Peshischa Hasidism continued and transformed itself through many different branches, inter alia: Kotzk, Izhbitza-Radzin, Warka, Ger, Aleksander and many others.


  1. ^ Shapiro, Rami M. (2003). Hasidic Tales: Annotated & explained. Skylight Paths Publishing. p. xxxix. ISBN 1-893361-86-1.
  2. ^ Dynner, Glenn Davis (2009), "Pshiskhe Hasidic Dynasty," The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews of Eastern Europe, YIVO.