The Times of Israel published my new article “South Korea’s Love-Hate Relationship Toward Jews”
Extreme Jew-hating and Jew-loving sentiments are prevalent in South Korea, a land where most of the people have never even met a Jewish person. How can this strange paradox be explained? It shows that the phenomenon of anti-Semitism is beyond all logical reasoning. The concealed explanation behind anti-Semitism lies in a deep internal sensation within humanity that Jews hold the key for fulfillment in life, a secret that they are not revealing and are thereby blocking the path to success and happiness for all. This potent secret is the source behind both admiration of Jews and anti-Semitism.
Rampant anti-Semitism in Europe and America is no surprise where, right or wrong, Jewish influence is perceived in basically every field in society. In fact, people significantly overestimate the number of Jews in their respective countries as a corollary to their sense of notorious Jewish power, one of the most commonly-stated reasons for animosity toward Jews. This is true in the case of South Korea with its microscopically small Jewish community and yet wildly rampant anti-Semitism. According to monitoring groups, it is one of the most anti-Semitic places in the world with 53% of its population bearing Jew-hating attitudes.
On the other hand, a fascination among Koreans with delving into Jewish tradition is popular in schools and homes. As evidence, the Korean government announced recently that a Korean translation of the Mishnah, the Oral Torah, will be ready next year for everyone’s access. In addition, Talmud study methods have already been adopted as part of their educational training, a phenomenon rarely seen to such an extent in other countries.
An ongoing quest to identify Jewish techniques to achieve fulfillment and prosperity in life is particularly prominent in South Korea due to their profound social problems. Despite its economic progress, South Korea is one of the most unhappy countries in Asia and is ranked among the most unsatisfied nations worldwide, according to recent surveys. Koreans feel there is something they need to learn and implement from the Jews to flip their current situation. They are trying to unlock what they consider to be the secret power of the Jewish people to thrive and survive.
The wisdom of Kabbalah explains that anti-Semitism is imprinted within the nations of the world. Anti-Semites in Korea accurately detect a “negative dependence” on the Jews. They instinctively feel that Jews are somehow responsible for evil in the world. This impression, however, is not unique to Koreans. It lies in the heart of every person to a greater or lesser extent.
What is the reason for the so-called “negative dependence” on Jews, the instinctive feeling that Jews are behind the evil in the world?
It comes from the network that connects all of us together in a single system, where each lives as an indispensable integral part and each has a crucial role to play. The role of Jews in this system is to exemplify a method for creating positive relationships between people. The keys to this ancient method of connection are found in the authentic wisdom of Kabbalah, and Jews have the duty to pass it on to humanity.
As long as Jews deny the world this important knowledge, people suffer. And as long as this distress continues, humankind will continue subconsciously sensing the source of their deprivation in the Jews.
Unfortunately, most Jews are unaware of their inherent power, of the potent program in their cultural possession that can correct imbalances at all levels, and they too suffer from anti-Semitism without understanding why. It must be made crystal clear that the moment the Jews spread their method of connection to all nations, peace, security, and happiness will be achievable by all, suffering will end, and anti-Semitism will vanish from Korea and all the peoples of the world.