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Korea, not Corea. More specifically, South Korea - in North Korea practicing any worship other that that of the Kim family will get you killed.To my knowledge, based on the large US population of South Koreans (until the '80s Korea was fairly poor so many came here - now some are returning and many who stayed behind are wealthier than those who left) most are various Protestant denominations rather than Catholic. The mainstream American Protestant churches were, once upon a time, very active in "missionary" work in Asia (as the evangelical churches and the Mormons still are) and Korea was one of their few success stories. For some reason, Christianity suited the Koreans better than the Japanese or the Chinese. I can't quite figure this out because I don't know the Koreans well enough. To my eyes, they are a lot like the Japanese, notwithstanding that they hate each other. But the same is true (to an outsider) of Serbs and Croats, Georgians and Ossetians, Arabs and Jews, etc.J - you worry me in your admiration for Catholicism which was responsible for so much suffering to the Jews. Also, how can you admire a religion that is based upon such a totally unbelievable premise. In Yiddish, if someone tells you a bubbe meise that you do not believe, you respond "nisht gehoiben, nisht gefloygen." - [he] did not get up, [he] did not fly. This refers of course to our co-religionist Joshka, who did not get up out of his grave or fly up to heaven. Once you accept the obvious fact that this never happened, then the whole religion makes no sense at all.
No need to worry. Their bobbe meises makes no sense to me, not that ours does. But I do believe in true magyar sólet with smoked goose and brown beans, so unlike the "tschulent" of those eastern unbelievers. I also believe in the dobos torta.
Both the cholent and the sólet are really French in origin from the period (think Rashi circa 1100) when Jews were centered in France before moving east. The word itself is a distortion of the French "chaud lent" - "hot slow". The modern French name for the dish (ironically not a French word - the Jews ended up with the French word) is cassoulet. As usual the French are tops when it comes to food - the cassoulet is superior to any version, either Ungarish or Poilish.Dobos obtained the ideas for his torte after a trip to France. I do not give the French credit for much, but they are tops in the food department.
Interesting but not unexpected. Of course our ancestors spoke LATIN, and not yiddish (or Hungarian).
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