Hebrew, Cultures and Religions

Hebrew, cultures and religions – How Buddhism fits in between?

Yoshiaki Tsuji, at Ulpan-Or

Learning Hebrew through the culture point of view, as we implement in our Hebrew classes in Ulpan-Or, usually brings out amazing outcomes. We got a good example for that from our friend and student – Yoshiaki Tsuji from Japan, or as we call him in Israel, Yossi. Yossi wrote a great speech about an Israeli culture experience, where he got asked about believes and tradition. He decided to write his graduation Hebrew speech about it, as you will read further ahead. So whether you are Christian, Jewish or Buddhist, take a few minutes to read Yossi’s Hebrew article about Buddhism, G-D and philosophy, and enjoy the way he used fantastic Hebrew words and Hebrew phrases as if he was a “Sabra”! Writing Hebrew and reading Hebrew is only a part of what our students practice in their Hebrew classes at our Jerusalem Ulpan, Tel Aviv Ulpan or Online Hebrew courses. At Ulpan-Or, we emphasis the crucial importance of speaking Hebrew as a basic component for gaining a real progress in Hebrew learning experience. This is why our students, like Yossi did, write their own Hebrew speech and then practice on reading out loud their Hebrew thoughts in the graduation ceremony at the end of the course. This way we get our students to build their confidence in Hebrew speaking in front of people, and when they finish the course, they are able to communicate with Israelis in their local language. Yossi, you did it big time! Mazal Tov, and enjoy Yossi’s speech:  

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נראה לי,למרבה המזל, רוב הישראלים מעוניינים ביפן, בייחוד בתרבות. אפילו כשפתחתי את החשבון הבנקאי, העובדת שאלה אותי פתאום. מה הבדל בין היהדות והבודהיזם? אף על פי שהשאלה די גדולה ויכול להיות שיקח כמה שנים כדי לענות, אני מנסה לתת כאן תשובה קצרה. קודם כל, צריך לדעת שעברו הרבה שנים מאז שנולד הבודוהיזם, והתקדם השתנה.עכשיו אני מתרכז בבודוהיזם יפני אחד, דווקא קבוצה מסיימת.הדבר החשוב ביותר הוא שאין אלוהים כמו ביהדות, בנצרות, ובאסלאם, למרות שיש “חוק” בבודוהיזם.אם כך, מי הוא בודה? בודה לא נביא, כיוון שהוא לא קיבל תורה מסיני, ולא מסר דברי אלוהים. משמעות המלה בודה “מי שידע” או “היודע” לבד, בלי עזרת אלוהים. תפיסת “בודה” השתנתה ומגוונת, בזמן האחרון, מהמאה החמישית, חשבו שיש הרבה “בודה”, ויש סוגים שנים של בודה, כאן הפך לסמל, שם הפך לחוק, ולפעמים לעולם עצמו.בנוגע לספרים, אין ספר כמו תנייך. יש ספרים שנחשבים חשובים אבל אין ספר משותף לכל הבודהיסטים.אני חושב שזאת הסיבה שיש הרבה םוגי בודהיזם.בקיצור, לדעתי, הבודהיזם היא לא דת כמו היהדות. היא דווקא דומה יותר לפילוסופיה ודרך מחשבה, שאפילו הופכת את כל תפיסת העולם והחיים לגמרי. יוסי מיפן

It seems to me, luckily, that most Israelis are interested in Japan, mainly in the culture. Even when I opened a bank account, the teller asked me suddenly: what’s the difference between Judaism and Buddhism? Even though it’s a pretty big question and it may take several years to answer, I’ll try to give a short answer here. First of all, you should know that it’s been many years since Buddhism was born, and it has progressed and changed. Now I focus on one kind of Japanese Buddhism, just one particular group. The most important thing is that there is no god like in Judaism, in Christianity and in Islam, even though Buddhism has “a law”. So, who is Buddha? Buddha isn’t a prophet, because he didn’t receive “Torah from Sinay”, and didn’t pass on the words of god. The meaning of the word ‘Buddha’ is “he who knew” or “the knower” on his own, without the help of god. The perception of Buddha has changed and it is diverse. Since the 5th century, they have believed that there are many Buddhas, and there are different kinds of Buddhas: in one place he became a symbol, in another he became a law, and sometimes the world itself. Regarding scripture, there is no book like the bible. There are books that are regarded as important but there is no book common to all Buddhists. I think that this is why there are many kinds of Buddhism. All in all, I think that Buddhism is not a religion like Judaism. It’s actually more like a philosophy and a way of thought, which transforms your whole viewpoint and life upside down. Yossi from Japan [donotprint]You can [print_link][/donotprint]

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