April 6, 2011 8:33 pm at 8:33 pm #596148
going around the net on some Jewish News sites…
Almost every home in South Korea now contains a Korean-translated Talmud. But unlike in Israel, the Korean mothers teach the Talmud to their children. In a country of close to 49 million people who believe in Buddhism and Christianity, there are more people who read the Talmud – or at least own their own copy at home – more than in the Jewish state. Much more.
Groupies of JewsApril 6, 2011 9:23 pm at 9:23 pm #757318
The Talmud is more than theoretical knowlege.
Without practice, the wisdom will not endure.
See Pirkei Avot, 3rd chapter, Rav Chanina ben DosaApril 6, 2011 9:47 pm at 9:47 pm #757319
What’s today’s date? Oh, April 6th. Mike are those reports not 5 days late?
Is their president now a bokee in shas and communism? (I know only North is still communist).
And the person who reads the talmud to them, do they call him their Baal Korea???April 6, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm #757320
this is best news i’ve heard in a long time. the reward is theirs.
i wonder how it is translatedApril 6, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm #757321
The South Koreans don’t “study” talmud. They do like to quote statements of amoraim and study their meaning like lihavdil elef havdalos the sayings of confucious. That said, it should be pointed out that this story made its way around the web in between purim and april 1st, for a reason.April 6, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm #757322
truth be toldMember
I may have once seen a Tosfos quoted, that eventually the nations will also try to claim Torah Shel Bal Peh as theirs.April 6, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm #757323
Baal Korea. <rim shot>April 8, 2011 3:54 pm at 3:54 pm #757324
The Koreans have large olympic size venues. Let’s organise the next siyum hashass to be there. It will be an eye opener!April 8, 2011 7:09 pm at 7:09 pm #757325
am yisrael chaiParticipant
I had spoken about this a week ago when I was a Shabbos guest by an Artscroll translator.
He said that if the Koreans used the English version to translate to their native tongue, then Artscroll should get royalties!
BTW, loved the baal Korea!April 10, 2011 3:03 am at 3:03 am #757326
i read about this in the yated. i sort of didn’t know what to think when i read it. they aren’t gonna get anything out of just learning the gemara without learning all the meforshim. so they will probably get wrong messages and ideas.
still dunno what to think.
but that’s not unusual.October 11, 2017 1:04 am at 1:04 am #1380141
Wow. This is interesting.
Post from 2011October 11, 2017 11:12 am at 11:12 am #1380228
This is interesting.
Why on earth would they have such a custom?
It is an extremely strange choice of study.October 11, 2017 11:22 am at 11:22 am #1380245
I refer you you to parshas noach where noach gives yefes his bracha 😃October 11, 2017 11:22 am at 11:22 am #1380250
What they have is comics based on Jewish stories, some from the Talmud, others from much later.October 11, 2017 4:08 pm at 4:08 pm #1380305
Well, since this is back in, I guess I should chime in.
It’s not true
A few years ago, when the story was making the rounds, I did some private research. I spoke with some Koreans who live in Korea and one Chabadsker living in Japan, I searched on Naver (Korean equivalent of Google) for words I got translated from Google Translate (words like “Talmud”, “Jewish”, and “Torah”). The result? Several decades ago, a Rov in Japan published a series of Mashals and other stories from Bavli in Japanese. More recently, a Korean Christian publisher had the book partially translated to Korean and published as an illustrated children’s book simply called “The Talmud”.
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