Teresa Neumann : Jun 5, 2012 : Michael Orbach – JTA News

“For a country that has experienced a lot of economic and political change over such a short time, that hasn’t been on the upswing, it’s not surprising that they would look to Jewish texts and to the Jewish people as examples of a people that have weathered the worst of all storms for close to 6,000 years.” -Helen Kim

(Kfar Menachem, Israel)—For quite a while now, Israel has been seeing a rising influx of South Koreans coming in to the country.
Most of them are Christian.

Currently, it is believed about 800 Koreans are living in Israel. According to a JTA News report, Korean immigration isn’t without unique challenges.

Korean celebration “It’s not easy to approach Israelis,” said Eunah Hur, who attends a Messianic church. But it’s possible, she adds, “to have good relationships. Israelis are warm and loyal. We have a specific word for these relationships: ‘jung.’ It’s different [from the word for] love and friendship.” (Photo by: Dr. Kangkeun Lee)

Helen Kim, a sociologist at Whitman College in Washington State, summed it up well when she listed the cultural similarities between Koreans and Israelis, including strong work ethics and “existential threats” such as Iran and North Korea.

“There is a massive evangelical presence in Korea,” she said. “There is a general acceptance or understanding and looking to Jews as really smart, well-educated, financially strong people. For a country that has experienced a lot of economic and political change over such a short time, that hasn’t been on the upswing, it’s not surprising that they would look to Jewish texts and to the Jewish people as examples of a people that have weathered the worst of all storms for close to 6,000 years.”


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