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  • Gordis vs Brous: Impressions from a sermon and a Torah Slam

    By Mark Paredes

    December 3, 2012 | 6:15 pm

    Like many Jewish Journal readers, I have followed the rather personal exchange between Rabbis Daniel Gordis and Sharon Brous over Israel. Since I have never met Rabbi Gordis, and have had only a few personal interactions with Rabbi Brous, I had intended to sit this one out.... read on

  • Jews and Mormons celebrate the 1947 UN vote creating Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    December 3, 2012 | 12:05 am

    I was only too happy to accept the invitation of my friend Dr. Judea Pearl to attend last week’s commemoration/celebration at the AJU of the 1947 UN vote that created the State of Israel in Palestine. He’s been trying to make this happen for several years, and I was glad to be... read on

  • Pluralism in Israel: Temple Emanuel and King Solomon

    By Mark Paredes

    November 27, 2012 | 12:39 am

    Like just about every other blogger for the Jewish Journal, I found myself at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills this evening to watch Jewish Journal Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman lead an Israeli consul general, a female Conservative rabbi, an Orthodox lawyer, two female Reform rabbis,... read on

  • Anti-Israel Protestants: more Bible study needed

    By Mark Paredes

    November 19, 2012 | 10:47 pm

    “The state of Israel is an illegal, genocidal place… to equate Judaism with the state of Israel is to equate Christianity with Flavor Flav.” – UCC Pastor Emeritus Jeremiah Wright, in a speech to thousands of people in Baltimore in 2011

    These were more noble than those in... read on

  • Interview with a Jew-loving Ukrainian Mormon

    By Mark Paredes

    November 12, 2012 | 7:33 pm

    LDS Seminary and Institute (= Mormon Hillel) coordinators are an oft-overlooked resource for Jewish leaders in Europe who are attempting to conduct outreach to friendly Christian communities. Some of the most philo-Semitic Mormons I have ever met are Institute directors, and one... read on

  • Mitt’s defeat: We’ve come a long way, America

    By Mark Paredes

    November 6, 2012 | 11:46 pm

    I write these words immediately following Mitt Romney’s gracious concession speech. I dearly wish that he had been able to deliver a victory speech instead, but the election gods clearly weren’t smiling on Boston tonight. While I was disappointed with the result, I remain... read on

  • Evangelical anti-Mormonism: A guide for Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    November 4, 2012 | 8:08 pm

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil
    against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in
    heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12

    ... 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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