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  • Jews and Mormons in Europe

    By Mark Paredes

    September 27, 2010 | 9:04 am

    “There is in England a saying that an anti-Semite is someone who hates the Jews more than is necessary.” – Israeli President Shimon Peres
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    It’s too bad that Mr. Peres didn’t accompany me earlier this month to London. And Edinburgh. And Leicester. Had he done so, he... read on

  • Eshman, Jones, Castro and Me

    By Mark Paredes

    September 9, 2010 | 11:26 pm

    Random thoughts on the eve of my departure for Europe to promote Mormon-Jewish ties in six countries:
    1) Jewish Journal Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman’s poignant essay in this week’s issue profiles a Jewish musician who was helped by a Mormon in his time of need: ... read on

  • Rosh Hashanah and General Conference

    By Mark Paredes

    September 7, 2010 | 12:23 am

    This week Jews worldwide will observe Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of both the new Jewish year and the Days of Awe period that ends with their names being sealed in God’s book – for better or worse – on Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is a sabbath of introspection and repentance, and... read on

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  • Proxy Baptism Controversy: The End

    By Mark Paredes

    September 2, 2010 | 11:08 am

    “You know, there are no people in the world who understand the Jews like the Mormons.” – David Ben Gurion to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (and future LDS Church President) Ezra Taft Benson
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    For Mormons who love Jews, yesterday’s headline on the LDS Church’s website... read on

  • Peacemaking 101: the Lesson of Oslo

    By Mark Paredes

    August 30, 2010 | 12:48 am

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
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    I’m currently conducting a job search, and have finally found the perfect position for someone with my background: if you’re looking for a prognosticator for the... read on

  • The 7th Day + Chance to Be Me

    By Mark Paredes

    August 28, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. – Exodus 31:16
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    If you ask a typical Mormon which Jewish practices she most admires, chances are she’ll mention Sabbath observance. We have... read on

  • Two 9/11s and a Mosque

    By Mark Paredes

    August 25, 2010 | 12:49 pm

    While attending a training course for Foreign Service officers in Washington, DC, I met a lovely couple at a reception held at the Turkish Embassy. He was a Turkish businessman, she an American writer. I attended a party at their suburban home a week later and immediately noticed... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Mark Paredes is a member of the Jewish Relations Committee of the LDS Church’s Southern California Public Affairs Council. He has worked for the ZOA, the American Jewish...

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