WATCH: South Korean Tourists Seek Bracha From HaGaon HaRav Reuven Elbaz

HaGaon HaRav Reuven Elbaz giving a bracha to a South Korean tourist

A group of South Korean tourists in Israel went to Yeshivas Ohr HaChaim this week to request a bracha from HaGaon HaRav Reuven Elbaz.

Apparently, the power of HaRav Elbaz’s brachos has spread far and wide worldwide.

Many Christian South Koreans have a cultural fascination with Israel and the Chumash and Gemara.

There are numerous students from South Koreans enrolled in the Bible department at Bar-Ilan University. In 2019 (pre-COVID), the largest group of foreign students at the Bible department were from South Korea, according to a ISRAEL21c report.

One student, Kim Kyoungsik, a 38-year-old Christian pastor from Seoul, told ISRAEL21c:

“As a Christian, we know the Hebrew Bible; we call it the Old Testament. I was born as a Christian, so since I was very young I read the Bible and I heard the message of the Bible from parents and church, and naturally, I wanted to learn Hebrew to understand the Hebrew Bible in its original language.”

“I also have a great interest in the Holy Land itself, so I also wanted to experience the geography of Israel.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Massive Chillul Hashem…….. !!!! Massive Chillul Hashem…….. !!!!
    you know, why is it that when Nituray Karta go to Iran to side against the Zionists, all the frum ppl scream “they are crazy! etc….”.
    But, when a Rov in israel gives credibility to these idol worshippers – who are trying to get jews to worship Avoda zara (YES! it IS aboda zara! saying that i AM tom brady, does NOT make me tom bradv….), and a “yeshiva” website thinks it’s ok to post it without the headline “Disgusting!” or similar, which they definitely would have by Nituray Karta going to the Muslims

  2. He should have told them to stop worshipping idols and become Noahide or muslim. instead, he lets them get away scot free! shame on him!

  3. Its amazing the chutspa of some people on this forum blasting a Talmid Chacham.
    Maybe the Rav has a cheshbon? Some Kavod Hatorah. I would be so scared to write something against a Rav like this.

  4. @Baby Squirrel
    so typical of modern secularists who think that being religious is good, or “frum”.
    worshipping idols is not “frum”. it is literally the worst sin in the world.
    Even a perverted sicko/ murderer would be better than them.

  5. Who cares?
    Have we not heard of goyim asking for brachos from jews in the past?
    Btw, the gemara says that when moshiach comes, the goyim will force jews to pray and learn, in recognition that this is what brings bracha to the world…