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Can believing Mormons become Jews?

By Mark Paredes

September 22, 2011 | 11:44 pm

In recent months I have corresponded with members of the LDS Church on two continents who are planning to convert to Judaism while remaining active Latter-day Saints (one has already begun... read on

  • Glenn Beck’s Holy Land Vanity Project

    By Mark Paredes

    August 22, 2011 | 12:38 am

    I knew I had to write this essay after reading that Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Courage” pro-Israel events scheduled for this week were denounced by both liberal Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater and racist right-wing Israeli blowhard Moshe Feiglin.  According to Beck’s website, the... read on

  • Book Review: Mormons and the Gathering of Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    July 10, 2011 | 11:01 pm

    Readers of this blog know that I love to profile Mormons who are actively engaged in reaching out to Jews. Leslie Pearson Rees is a great-grandmother who has spent 40 years studying the lost tribes of Israel during her travels around the country and in Africa. I’ve just finished... read on

  • Mormons, Empathy and Palestinian Nationalism: An Unholy Mix

    By Mark Paredes

    June 27, 2011 | 10:10 pm

    In the past few weeks I’ve received a few dozen e-mails and calls from Mormons asking my opinion on whether a Palestinian state should be created in September. Most Mormons I know are against the idea, but a few support it. When I run across a Mormon who is more sympathetic to the... read on

  • Israel at 63: Ambassadors Needed

    By Mark Paredes

    May 17, 2011 | 11:31 pm

    Last Friday night I had the honor of speaking on behalf of the Consulate General of Israel in Glendale, CA at Temple Sinai’s service celebrating Israel’s independence. I debated whether to give the typical rah-rah, rally-the-troops kind of speech that one normally hears in... read on

  • Interview with a Rabbi on LDS-Orthodox Dialogue

    By Mark Paredes

    April 30, 2011 | 9:53 am

    Last month I came across a thoughtful blog post on Orthodox Jews and Mormons by Rabbi Dr. Alan Brill, the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair of Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University. After a brief e-mail exchange, the rabbi was kind enough to post my answers to his questions on... read on

  • Mormon Night in God’s Assembly

    By Mark Paredes

    April 24, 2011 | 8:06 pm

    Thousand Oaks, CA was the setting for last month’s “Mormon Night” at Reform synagogue Temple Adat Elohim. Rabbi Ted Riter has long been active in interfaith affairs, and he had the good fortune to befriend Larry Bagby while serving on a local interfaith council. Larry is a... read on

  • Reform Rabbi + LDS in TX: Sinai and Gay Marriage

    By Mark Paredes

    April 21, 2011 | 10:58 pm

    Dr. Michael Freckleton, a personable radiologist, is an innovative stake president (stake = LDS diocese) in San Antonio, Texas. For the second year in a row he organized a two-day religious education conference (a mini-Limmud, if you will) featuring speakers from several states. On... 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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