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  • Rabbis, Politics and the Bimah: an Unholy Mix

    By Mark Paredes

    October 16, 2011 | 3:35 am

    Every year the question of preaching politics from the bimah arises just before the start of Rosh Hashana. This year it was radio host and author Dennis Prager’s turn to criticize the practice, which he believes is promoted exclusively by liberal rabbis. While I have not heard... read on

  • Evangelicals, Bigotry, Mormons—and Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    October 9, 2011 | 9:20 pm

    Several Jewish friends have contacted me this week to get my reaction to the latest broadsides leveled at my church by Evangelicals, this time from two pastors speaking at the annual Values Voter Summit. My reaction to these comments is to publicly thank the pastors for reminding... read on

  • Can believing Mormons become Jews?

    By Mark Paredes

    September 22, 2011 | 11:44 pm

    In recent months I have corresponded with members of the LDS Church on two continents who are planning to convert to Judaism while remaining active Latter-day Saints (one has already begun the process). They in turn have told me of others who have completed the conversion process... read on

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  • Glenn Beck’s Holy Land Vanity Project

    By Mark Paredes

    August 22, 2011 | 12:38 am

    I knew I had to write this essay after reading that Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Courage” pro-Israel events scheduled for this week were denounced by both liberal Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater and racist right-wing Israeli blowhard Moshe Feiglin.  According to Beck’s website, the... read on

  • Book Review: Mormons and the Gathering of Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    July 10, 2011 | 11:01 pm

    Readers of this blog know that I love to profile Mormons who are actively engaged in reaching out to Jews. Leslie Pearson Rees is a great-grandmother who has spent 40 years studying the lost tribes of Israel during her travels around the country and in Africa. I’ve just finished... read on

  • Mormons, Empathy and Palestinian Nationalism: An Unholy Mix

    By Mark Paredes

    June 27, 2011 | 10:10 pm

    In the past few weeks I’ve received a few dozen e-mails and calls from Mormons asking my opinion on whether a Palestinian state should be created in September. Most Mormons I know are against the idea, but a few support it. When I run across a Mormon who is more sympathetic to the... read on

  • Israel at 63: Ambassadors Needed

    By Mark Paredes

    May 17, 2011 | 11:31 pm

    Last Friday night I had the honor of speaking on behalf of the Consulate General of Israel in Glendale, CA at Temple Sinai’s service celebrating Israel’s independence. I debated whether to give the typical rah-rah, rally-the-troops kind of speech that one normally hears in... read on

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