“Jews are 0.2% of the world population, but 23% of Nobel Prize winners. We Koreans want to learn the Jews’ secrets”

Talmud-inspired learning craze sweeps South Korea
by Tim Alper
January 15, 2019

“Koreans don’t have to emulate Jewish belief systems,” educational researcher Seol Dong-ju said, “but we do need to copy the way Jews teach their children.” The result is dozens of private chavruta-themed academies, with busy branches in major cities throughout the country, catering to everyone from toddlers to adults. Some make use of Korean-language Talmudic texts, while others follow entirely secular curricula. Kim Jung-wan, who directs one such academy — the Havruta Culture Association — explains that South Korea’s Jewish education quest is over 40 years old. READ MORE

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