Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Koreans Studying Talmud: Update from Korean Embassy in Israel

Received the following email today from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Israel (I will be amending the original post with the corrections below, except for the title...)


Dear Sir,

I am writing to you following the article you published on your blog about Talmud in Korea.

In the original article published on YNET, there were a few inaccuracies. Therefore, I refer you to the amended article which was published on Ynet yesterday: http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4046985,00.html

In addition, I kindly wish to suggest some changes for the translated article on your website in order to prevent readers from getting the wrong impression:

- Title: “Talmud Study now in South Korea”

- 1st paragraph: “close to 50 million people live in South Korea, and almost everyone was thought the Talmud at home by their parents. “We tried to understand why the Jewish people are geniuses and we think that it is because they study Talmud”, said Korean Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Young Sam Ma.

- 2nd paragraph: “Yet, it turns out that… is actually very interesting to the South Koreans who encourage Talmud learning at home”.

- 4th paragraph: “So we to will become geniuses” – “We were very curious about the high academic achievements of the Jewish people”, explains Korean Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Young Sam Ma, who was hosted on the channel 1 TV programme “Culture Today”.

“How they – more than other peoples – are able to reach such impressive accomplishments? In our opinion, one of your secrets is that you study the Talmud”.

- 6th paragraph: “This understanding led us to teach our children as well at home. We believe that if we teach our children Talmud, they will also become geniuses. This is the rationality to make Talmud a part of home education in Korea”.

-7th paragraph: Ambassador Ma says the he himself studied the Talmud at a very young age.

“I, for example, have two editions of Talmud: one my wife bought and the other I got from my mother in law”.

I want to thank you in advance for your cooperation and for your initiative to bring this fascinating information to more people. It will be greatly appreciated if you submit the above corrections.

Many Thanks and Kol Tuv,
Einav Levy
Cultural&Press Affairs
Embassy of the Republic of Korea

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in the vanguard said...

Before Koreans undertake to learn Talmud, which may be bad for their health, despite the good they think they'll get in their minds, it should be impressed upon them the importance of the 7 Noahide Laws.

See here:

Soccer Dad said...

Wow, the ambassador got a Gemora from his in-laws. We get those too!

tafka pp said...

Go Jameel and your South Korean Love!

(This is a definite improvement on how the people of the Phillipines feel about you)

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