Culture Articles

My Name is Asher Lev

25 November 2009 | by Judy Kirby


My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok. Penguin. ISBN 978 014119 056 3. £9.99. Asher Lev is a young man who makes waves in his community. It is a strict orthodox one in 1950s New York, burdened with the rescue of Jews in hostile lands. Asher’s father works for the Ladover community Rebbe,...

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Daniel Deronda

25 November 2009 | by Rowena Loverance


Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. Penguin Classics. ISBN 978 014043 427 9. £8.99. Rereading George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda at the same time as My Name is Asher Lev, it occurred to me that the story of the latter is actually subsumed into a single chapter of the former. When Daniel finally meets the mother...

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Festivals in poetry: Menorah

25 November 2009 | by Stevie Krayer

The ceremonial washing of hands before the start of the Pesach meal (Seder). | Photo: Kurt Strauss.

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A journey of transformation

18 November 2009 | by Elaine Pryce


God Sleeps in Rwanda: a journey of transformation by Joseph Sebarenzi with Laura Ann Mullane. Atria Books. ISBN: 978 141657 573 3. £18.99.  The European subjection and colonisation of Africa has left a brutal legacy. From the indefensible abuses of enslavement and apartheid to the wanton plundering of Africa’s rich resources, it is...

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Of truth, teacups and wineglasses

11 November 2009 | by Eleanor Nesbitt


The first programme of his BBC television series on the history of Christianity (5 and 8 November) showed professor Diarmuid McCulloch pouring oil into a glass of water and a few minutes later adding red wine to water in another glass. He was presenting the difference between two fifth century Christian theologians’...

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Child of Light

11 November 2009 | by Peter and Anne Ullathorne

The choir rehearsing | Photo: Fran Lane

Anyone who was in Bull Street Meeting House, Birmingham on Saturday 24 October – and around forty of us were – had another musical treat from The Leaveners. A choir of some twenty-four people, all ages and backgrounds, had gathered at 10am that morning and worked hard with John Sheldon, accompanist, learning the...

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Two views on faith

FREE 04 November 2009 | by Symon Hill


The case for God: what religion really means by Karen Armstrong. The Bodley Head. ISBN: 978 1 847 92034 8. £20. Reason, Faith and Revolution: reflections on the God debate by Terry Eagleton. Yale University Press. ISBN: 978 030 015179 4. £18.99. As sparks continue to fly between allies and opponents of Richard Dawkins, both sides have taken a hammering in...

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The making of modern Britain

FREE 04 November 2009 | by Judy Kirby

Slum children in York, 1900. Their plight was highlighted in Seebohm Rowntree’s report Poverty revisited in the programme. | Photo courtesy the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Television: The Making of Modern Britain BBC 2. When Victoria died at the beginning of the twentieth century, ‘New Dawn’ thinking was inevitable. Great Britain was about to undergo traumatic changes. One was a shock to the empire, when it took Britain two years to defeat not very many Afrikaners in...

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Quaker Theatre Company: ‘Now We Are Sixty’

28 October 2009 | by Roger Iredale

Left to right: Alan Avery, Katie Moore and Judy Emmet. | Photo courtesy Quaker Theatre Company.

The Quaker Theatre Company arrived about an hour before the performance as we waited anxiously on a Friday evening at Long Sutton Village Hall in darkest Somerset. Alan, Judy and Katy, held back by traffic en route from their previous performance at Peterborough, soon had the set laid out and...

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Gathering - an exhibition of painting and poetry in Lewes

28 October 2009 | by Geoffrey Johnson

Three vessels. | Ann Johnson.

The Hop Gallery in the East Sussex town of Lewes is an ideally light and airy exhibition space for ‘Gathering’, a collaborative venture where the work of three creative Quakers can be seen from 6 to 21 November. The exhibition has been staged by Ann Johnson and developed around twenty-five of her...

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