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  • On This We Can Agree: 3 Rabbis, an Apostle, and a Prime Minister on Tolerance

    By Mark Paredes

    February 17, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    “Derech Eretz Kadma L’Torah” [Good character comes before Torah] – Orthodox Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    “I am here to contend for religious freedom.” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks


    “It is therefore our job at this moment to reach out ... to show that respect and equality between... read on

  • Mormon Q&A for Upcoming Presidential Election, part II

    By Mark Paredes

    February 14, 2011 | 1:08 am

    e ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” – 1 Peter 3:15
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    With two Mormons preparing to launch presidential campaigns and an irreverent Book of Mormon musical set to hit Broadway next month,... read on

  • Mormon Q&A for the Upcoming Presidential Election

    By Mark Paredes

    February 10, 2011 | 10:11 pm

    “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?” – Southern Baptist preacher (and presidential candidate) Mike Huckabee, 2007
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    It looks increasingly likely that there will be two serious Mormon candidates (Mitt Romney and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.)... read on

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  • Glenn Beck vs 400 Rabbis

    By Mark Paredes

    February 7, 2011 | 1:10 am

    A few years ago I was on the phone with a Jewish activist from Florida who was well-known for being a Democrat and a feminist. I was interested to hear what she had learned from decades of service in the Jewish community, so I asked her what she considered to be the most important... read on

  • Conversion: From Ex-Mormon to Jew, Part II

    By Mark Paredes

    February 4, 2011 | 9:23 am

    God is like an icon which never changes, yet everyone who looks at it sees a different face.—midrash Pesikta de-Rav Kahana
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    Most prospective converts to another faith are seeking answers to questions that their religious traditions either do not address or for which their answers... read on

  • Conversion: From Ex-Mormon to Jew, Part I

    By Mark Paredes

    January 31, 2011 | 11:49 pm

    And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. – Ruth 1:16

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    While conversion to another faith is a rather... read on

  • The Curse of the Pharaohs

    By Mark Paredes

    January 28, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    “Now, Pharaoh being of that lineage by which he could not have the right of Priesthood… therefore my father was led away by their idolatry.” – Abraham 1:27
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    As I write these words, army tanks are pouring into the streets of Cairo to help put down a massive popular uprising... read on

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Mark Paredes is a Mormon Bishop and a member of the Jewish Relations Committee of the LDS Church’s Southern California Public Affairs Council. He has worked for the ZOA, the...

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