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Oxford Professors discuss South Korean Talmud study at Oxford University Chabad Society

Noble.jpgOxford Professors discuss the reason for the study of the Talmud in South Korea at the Oxford University Chabad Society Shabbat dinner


Oxford University Chabad Society hosted two professors and experts on South Korea, including the UK Government advisor for South Korea and fellow of Balliol College, Professor Denis Noble, and South Korean representative of Oxford University and Professor at Seoul National University, Professor Sung Hee Kim, to explore the much reported phenomenon about the study of the Talmud in South Korea, as part of the national curriculum.


Professor Noble confirmed that it is true that children are brought up to study readings of the Talmud in Korean and that they call it Talmudu.


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The Ignored Jewish History of Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, discovered in Merton College Archives

Gamlingay.jpgThe Ignored Jewish History of Gamlingay discovered in Merton College archives

By Rabbi Eli Brackman 

The Domesday Book is a census that was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England twenty years earlier in 1066. The book contains records of 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the border with Scotland at the time.  

The first Jew recorded living in England is recorded in it, living in a village in Oxfordshire. This does not, however, mean no other Jews lived in England at the time, as major cities like London and Winchester were not included in the book, thus leaving out a substantial number of possible Jews who might have live din the larger cities.

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