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West Meets East – Part 1

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West Meets East – Part 1

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer recalls the life changing audience in which the Rebbe brought the plight of the Jewish community in Japan to his attention, along with the suggestion that he might hold the solution to their problem. (1960's)
Japan, Lubavitcher Rebbe
West Meets East – Part 1
Disc 157, Program 625

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer is a noted scholar and historian residing in Great Neck, New York. For many years he was the only rabbi living in Japan and served as the Vice President and Director of Culture, Religion and Education for the Jewish Communities of the Far East. Rabbi Tokayer has written 20 books in Japanese on Judaism and Jewish life, and upon returning to New York he founded and led the Cherry Lane Minyan.

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Anonymous August 28, 2016

Nagasaki The story about the Jewish cemetery in Nagasaki was very interesting , I did not know it dates back to 1880. I assume they were from the Sassoon family . I have also read somewhere that in the ancient days ( I think 500 - 800 CE) the Hata Clan who were Jews settled in Japan, 20,000 of them came via Korea. They would have reached the Kyushu Island first where all foreigners had to enter through. I wondered if some of them settled in Nagasaki . Reply

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