Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Talmud in Korea

FIRST THE CHINESE, and now the Koreans:
The Korean-Talmud Love Affair

by Hillel Fendel (Arutz Sheva)

Reports of the Talmud being a national classic in South Korea have been floating around for several years, but it’s now official: The country’s ambassador to Israel, Ma Young-Sam, 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."

The Talmud (either the Bavil or the Yerushalmi, but I assume they mean the Bavli) is a work of many large volumes, so presumably they are talking about abbreviated versions here.