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  • My Autistic Nephew: Jews, Mormons and the Mentally Disabled

    By Mark Paredes

    January 1, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    I spent the last morning of 2010 at a screening of the new Yogi Bear movie with some very special kids. My autistic nephew’s therapy group reserved the theater, and about 100 people came to enjoy the movie with other families who don’t mind occasional outbursts or other... read on

  • The Orthodox Union on Christmas Eve: Tithing, Excommunication, Mormons and Marriott

    By Mark Paredes

    December 25, 2010 | 1:48 am

    Since I will be celebrating Christmas with my family next week in Michigan, I decided to spend Christmas Eve with observant Jews attending the annual Orthodox Union’s Torah Convention. The first Christmas Eve OU event that I attended was a 2006 debate on Orthodoxy between Dennis... read on

  • Learning About Jews and Mormons in Provo

    By Mark Paredes

    December 22, 2010 | 4:15 pm

    BYU students are in luck this academic year. Not only do they have an opportunity to take a comparison course on Judaism and LDS Christianity, but their teacher for both semesters is Dr. Fred Woods. More than 180 students have already signed up for three classes on “Judaism and the... read on

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  • This Week’s Torah Portion: Patriarchs, Blessings, Tribes—and Mormons

    By Mark Paredes

    December 18, 2010 | 6:42 pm

    And he [Jacob] blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. – Genesis 48:20
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    This week’s Torah portion or parsha, Vayechi (Gen. 47:28 – 50:26) is the most important one for... read on

  • Jewish Outreach: Whom to Call?

    By Mark Paredes

    December 15, 2010 | 6:54 pm

    Since I began this blog seven short months ago, several local LDS leaders have written me to ask for a general profile of a person to call to work with Jews in their areas (remembering, of course, that divine inspiration is the overriding factor in issuing these callings). When I was... read on

  • Rabbi: When Will Mormons Stand With Us?

    By Mark Paredes

    December 12, 2010 | 11:23 pm

    Tonight was the annual Festival of Lights dinner sponsored by the international pro-Israel educational organization StandWithUs (SWU), one of the highlights of my year. I’ve been affiliated with SWU from the beginning, and had the honor of serving on its first speakers panel with... read on

  • Settlements and Peace: A Pox on Everyone’s House

    By Mark Paredes

    December 8, 2010 | 4:12 pm

    “We have been pursuing a moratorium as a means to create conditions for a return to meaningful and sustained negotiations. After a considerable effort, we have concluded that this does not create a firm basis to work towards our shared goal of a framework agreement.” – State... 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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