Like Hasidim, Koreans love learning Talmud! This Korean translation is popular all over South Korea, and there are even illustrated children's versions. A Korean tv channel once traveled to Israel to film Hasidim learning Talmud. For more about this phenomenon see this New Yorker article.
Hasidim dancing "Gangnam Style"– a surprise combination of the two cultures.
Are you a Hasidic Jew looking to try Korean food? Kosher Kimchi as well as Kosher Doenjang can be found online, thanks in part to a South Korean Government initiative to boost production of Kosher food.
If you're enjoying this site you'd probably enjoy a tour of Israel with Israel Complete Tours, such as this one of a Druze village and other sites in the Carmel and this one revolving around three minority groups in the Galil. Experience Israel like you never have before!
No one knows why Korean and Hasidic music sound so similar, but there are many similarities between South Korea and Israel. Among other things, both are known for their high-tech companies. According to the bestselling book Start-up Nation, part of the reason Israel has done so well in high-tech is due to the mandatory draft and top secret units in the Israeli Military. The two countries are also both still at war with some of their neighbors, and are the subject of many military history books, war novels, and audiobooks.
Koreans sure seem to like the Hasidic song Hava Nagila. View a performance by the Busan Harmony Choir or the Changwon Science High School choir or watch it used for figure skating by You Young at the 2015 Korea Figure Skating Championships.
In 2008, the Korean singer Daesung released his first trot single Look at Me, Gwisoon. The chorus at 0:49 sounds very Hasidic, despite being sung in Korean.
It's spreading! Korea's neighbors are getting into Hasidic music as well: Chinese women dancing to Hasidic music.
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