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Today in History, February 10: 1944: The first ship to break the British blockade of Palestine arrives in Eretz Israel.
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Everyone Learns Talmud... in South Korea

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, "so we to will become geniuses."


Everyone Learns Talmud... in South Korea


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No photos of Korean children learning Talmud. Thus, for no rational reason other than the exotic vibe, I'm posting this picture of Jewish children in Samarkin studying Torah, 1910.

Close to 50 million people live in South Korea, and everyone learns Gemara (Talmud) in school. "We tried to understand why the Jews are geniuses, and we came to the conclusion that it is because they study Talmud," said the Korean ambassador to Israel. And this is how "Rav Papa" became a more well known scholar in Korea than in Israel.
It is doubtful if the Amoraic scholars, Abbaye and Rava imagined their discussions of Jewish law in the Beit Midrash in Babylon would be taught hundreds of years later in East Asia. Yet it turns out that the laws of an "egg born on a holiday" ("???? ?????? ???? ???") is actually very interesting to the South Koreans who have required that Talmud study be part of their compulsory school curriculum.
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.
"So we too will become geniuses."

Full story here.

Korean Talmud

A few quick reaction shots:

1. This has got to be a joke.

2. Okay, it's not a joke.

3. What a great concept for a screwball comedy. American rabbi, think Paul Rudd, is hired to teach Talmud in Korea. You know the drill: fish out of water story, weird food, incomprehensible language and customs, cute Korean babeLee Young Ae is fantasticis all hot and bothered about, yup, Talmud, forbidden but zany romance with aforementioned rabbi, conflict, supply your own resolution.

4. The South Koreans are more enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Gemara, Talmud, than American or Israeli Jews, which is both whacky and tragic.

5. And finally, I must confess that as a young student in Yeshiva, during Gemara shiurTalmud classI was dreaming of movies and movie starsJean Harlow, Faye Wray, Irene Dunne, etc.instead of Rabbi Akiba. Which is why this screenwriter/blogger/whatever is not a genius.

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Korean children's book titled, Splash into the World of Talmud.

Via Elder of Ziyon, translated from the Hebrew by The Muqata, from YNet.

Meanwhile, an IDF Medical Delegation prepares to leave for Japan:



An IDF Home Front Command and IDF Medical Corps delegation departed for the Miyagi district in Japan on Saturday, March 26th 2011, carrying 60 tons of equipment.

The delegation consists of around fifty soldiers and officers including logistics teams, experts in the field of population management, Japanese translators, experts from the Committee of Atomic Energy, fourteen doctors specializing in different fields, seven nurses and nine paramedics. The teams will assist Japan's rehabilitation efforts by providing various medical services and establishing a medical center manned by the IDF Home Front Command and IDF Medical Corps specialists

Number of Arab Muslim or Persian Muslim delegations helping the Japanese people?



Soul Food, February 10

I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.
? J.K. Rowling