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  • The Torah and the JST: Pharaoh’s heart, Lot’s daughters, Noah’s altruism, and wicked witches

    By Mark Paredes

    September 24, 2012 | 7:36 pm

    Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. – Deuteronomy 4:2


    I thought of blogging on the LDS concept of atonement during Yom Kippur week, but given the... read on

  • Mitt’s statement on Middle East attacks: Wrong target, wrong time

    By Mark Paredes

    September 13, 2012 | 10:53 pm

    I rarely write about politics in this space, but I feel the need to weigh in on the recent violence in Egypt and Libya. As a former U.S. diplomat in the Middle East, I was very disappointed to read Mitt Romney’s ill-timed and ill-considered comments during Tuesday’s attacks on U.S.... read on

  • Why I won’t see The Book of Mormon

    By Mark Paredes

    September 9, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20, 2 Nephi 15:20 (Book of Mormon)

    AY! My name is Joseph Smith, and I’m going to f*** this baby! – verse from the... read on

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  • The Abrahamic Covenant: Still Applicable Today?

    By Mark Paredes

    September 2, 2012 | 10:29 pm

    As the Jewish New Year begins later this month, I will join Jews in reflecting on beginnings. I was married earlier this year, and celebrate my birthday on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Since neither Rosh Hashanah nor my temple wedding would have been possible without the... read on

  • Rabbis for Obama? Of prophets, the Orthodox—and disingenuousness

    By Mark Paredes

    August 24, 2012 | 11:47 pm

    I was disappointed, but not surprised, to hear that hundreds of liberal rabbis nationwide have once again decided to publicly endorse Barack Obama for president. Over 613 “Rabbis for Obama” have signed up, twice the number of endorsers in 2008. Although I would love to see those... read on

  • Reuters, the Mormon Church, and money: Advice needed?

    By Mark Paredes

    August 16, 2012 | 1:29 am

    While walking with a group of rabbis on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, I noticed that one of them had a rather pensive look on his face. Hoping to resolve his concern, I asked him if everything was OK. After a brief hesitation, he admitted that he had trouble understanding how the... read on

  • Who’s the better Mormon, Mitt or Harry?

    By Mark Paredes

    August 14, 2012 | 1:06 am

    Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate will allow voters to compare and contrast Catholics on both sides of the political spectrum as the election approaches. Both Ryan and Vice-President Joe Biden are Catholics, though they hold very different views on many... read on

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