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Main Character Syndrome

"The library is as much an opportunity to look sexy and mysterious, couched in panelled oak and dim lighting, as it is a place for reluctant study."

“I am a proud convert”: My conversion to Judaism

   I am a proud convert. My interest in Judaism began with my family background,...

Preserved in blue and white: Sarah Cooper

"The idea of writing a column about a breakfast condiment may seem fanciful, but this particular marmalade does have a genuine place in British culture."

Receipts of Deceit – Lay Mohan

Lay Mohan deconstructs the perception of corruption as a historically distant or ‘foreign’ concept....

A retrospective on Pesach 2022: Leah

"Perhaps the question of how we can connect to traditions authentically, without doing things we don't believe in for the sake of it or giving up on truly living our Jewishness, is a universal diasporic and/or secular conundrum."

Main Character Syndrome

"The library is as much an opportunity to look sexy and mysterious, couched in panelled oak and dim lighting, as it is a place for reluctant study."

“I am a proud convert”: My conversion to Judaism

   I am a proud convert. My interest in Judaism began with my family background, and I cannot explain my conversion without first explaining that.    My...

Preserved in blue and white: Sarah Cooper

"The idea of writing a column about a breakfast condiment may seem fanciful, but this particular marmalade does have a genuine place in British culture."

Receipts of Deceit – Lay Mohan

Lay Mohan deconstructs the perception of corruption as a historically distant or ‘foreign’ concept. Recent British and foreign governments have been involved in scandals...

A retrospective on Pesach 2022: Leah

"Perhaps the question of how we can connect to traditions authentically, without doing things we don't believe in for the sake of it or giving up on truly living our Jewishness, is a universal diasporic and/or secular conundrum."

A retrospective on Pesach 2022: Naomi

"I definitely felt a greater level of spiritual connection to the holiday of Passover than I ever have before."

We must dig the grave of digital capitalism

"How much of your actual engagement with the world is little more than parenthesis in a day otherwise spent being fired around the same feedback loops of instant gratification, or the same perfecting of yourself as a marketable digital commodity?"

Jewish reading recommendations

It is these expressions of Jewish life before the war - beset with jokes, neuroses, and anguish - which stay alive long after reading the texts. I would highly recommend.

La Vie en Rose: The new teacher

She entered with big doughy eyes and a welcoming self-effacing buzz-cut – making her seem above the superficial and the hair-possessing. She looks a...

Haute Kosher: The lady doth kvetch too much (or does she?)

kvetch  Etymology: Yiddish kvetshen to talk about something at great length and (often) in an annoying manner, semantic development (perhaps reflecting an extended use along...

Observing Oxford: Temple Lounge / Jamal’s

There must be something about slightly seedy Indian restaurants that lend themselves to niche Oxford traditions. Walking into Jamal’s or Temple Lounge on a...

Douze points: Looking ahead to Turin 2022

Now that we’re in March, the 2022 contest is only a couple of months away, and we’re really starting to get an idea of...

What’s happening in the chapel: The memory of COVID-19

“At least things are sort of normal now”. This seems to be the constant refrain of students, fellows and staff in the university as...

South Asian upbringing: Bollywood as propaganda

CW: Violence, discussions of Nazism Under the supervision of Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany produced 1,200 feature films both before and during the Second World War....

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