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Samsung Korea VP Visits Yeshiva to Help Koreans Learn Talmud

South Koreans love the Talmud, a mandatory school course. A Korean language version is popular, and a Samsung official visited an Israeli yeshiva to grasp “the growing grounds” of the Jewish genius.
Samsung Korea Vice President Charlie Park.

Samsung Korea Vice President Charlie Park.

Charlie Park, Vice President of Samsung Korea, visited an Israeli Yeshiva at Shalavim last week, accompanied by a South Korean camera crew, and met with the program directors and with students to document how students study Talmud at the Yeshiva.

The South Koreans have developed a fascination with the study of Talmud. The country’s ambassador to Israel, Ma Young-Sam, has told the “Culture Today” TV show that Talmud study is now a mandatory part of the country’s school curriculum.

In addition, it is said, almost every home in South Korea boasts a Korean version of the Talmud, and mothers commonly teach it to their children, who call it the “Light of Knowledge.”

Young-Sam explained, “We were very curious about the high academic achievements of the Jews, who have a high percentage of Nobel laureates in all fields – literature, science and economics.

“This is a remarkable achievement. We tried to understand: What is the secret of the Jewish people? How are they, more than other people, able to reach those impressive accomplishments? Why are Jews so intelligent?

“The conclusion we arrived at is that one of your secrets is that you study the Talmud… We believe that if we teach our children Talmud, they will also become geniuses. This is what stands behind the rationale of introducing Talmud study to our school curriculum. I, for example, have two sets of the Talmud.”

While touring the Beit Midrash, the study hall, he said he now felt he understood “the growing grounds” of the Jewish genius.

Park was at the yeshiva to get a first-hand account of this wonder, but his trip also involved business. He was in Israel to review possible acquisitions of Israeli startup companies.

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.


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8 Responses to “Samsung Korea VP Visits Yeshiva to Help Koreans Learn Talmud”

  1. Dick Farrel says:

    AWESOME….The Scriptures said that the family of nations would come to know The Lord….

  2. Dick Farrel says:

    Christianity-Judaism-other “religions” coming together in advance of the Arrival of God’s Earthly Kingdom

  3. Dick Farrel says:

    Scripture tells us Islam will join in God’s Kingdom too

  4. I read about this a few years ago. Fascinating.

  5. Mr. Samsung Korea Vice President Charlie Park. is partly correct.
    Once, an Afro-American asked me why Jews are so smart.
    I told him, that after 'The Flood of Noach' there were three sons (Plus females) who survived. These became three nations. 'Shem' followed the traditional path and was involved in learning 'Torah.' He, and his offspring, sharpened their minds and were blessed by 'Gd- Almighty.' Centuries later (More?) there arose the Jewish nation. (There was no 'Talmud' back then.)

  6. Cody Flecker says:

    The real reason started at Mt. Sinai when G-d gave the Torah to the Jewish People, and to no one else. What this meant was that as long as Jews believed in G-d, the Torah and later the Talmud, they would have ever lasting knowledge. Once the Jews became Christians and other religions, they lost that special knowledge that G-d gave them. The key is being Jewish.

  7. Rachel Leon says:

    I guess anything is possible.

  8. Very impressive and also productive !

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