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Conversion: Spirit vs Reason

By Mark Paredes

August 5, 2013 | 11:53 pm

But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which... read on

  • Wolpe vs Naim: on gay marriage and barking dogs

    By Mark Paredes

    July 15, 2013 | 12:13 am

    After responding to private inquiries sent to me over the last few weeks asking for my view on the Wolpe-Naim Affair, I’ve decided to express my thoughts in this essay. In a nutshell, Conservative Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in LA recently announced that his synagogue would... read on

  • Thoughts on the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Prop 8 rulings

    By Mark Paredes

    July 2, 2013 | 12:34 am

    "By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates. Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their... read on

  • Why Reform rabbis should marry other Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    June 26, 2013 | 7:58 am

    Current policy states that applicants who are married to or in committed relationships with non-Jews will not be considered for acceptance to this program.  – “Admission Requirements” page for the Rabbinical School at Hebrew Union College   

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    If you want to become a rabbi,... read on

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  • Father’s Day and Forgiveness

    By Mark Paredes

    June 15, 2013 | 12:57 am

    Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou... read on

  • How to explain LDS religious terms to Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    June 8, 2013 | 8:04 am

    When Jews share their religious beliefs with others, they don’t automatically assume that they are familiar with Judaism, and usually do a beautiful job of expressing their thoughts using secular terms that can be understood by all. However, well-meaning Mormons who discuss their... read on

  • What does a Mormon bishop do?

    By Mark Paredes

    May 25, 2013 | 12:28 am

    Following my recent ordination as a Mormon bishop, many Jewish friends have written to ask me what my new responsibilities are.  Although I’ve only been at it for a month, I’ll do my best to outline my duties for my readers.

    Like rabbis, LDS bishops are chosen to be leaders of... read on

  • Mormon and Jewish interfaith marriage rates: Of temples and missionaries

    By Mark Paredes

    May 4, 2013 | 12:17 am

    I read with great interest Naomi Schaefer Riley’s recent Forward article, in which she contrasts the low LDS interfaith marriage rate and the relatively high Jewish rate while proffering areas for emulation to her Jewish readers. I believe there are two main reasons why Mormons... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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