It seems that South Koreans have figured out what trains our brains and gives us (according to them) an intellectual edge: engaging in Talmud Study. Close to fifty million Koreans have studied the Talmud, and in a country where most people are Christian or Buddhist, that is a persuasive number.
It is interesting to note that most homes have a copy of the Talmud in Korean (picture courtesy of the Embassy of South Korea). I wonder how Talmud is being taught there and how it’s being presented to young learners. Perhaps we could learn a few tips from them and interest teenagers in furthering their Jewish education.
The next time your teen asks you why Jewish education is important, you might just have an interesting answer.