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Scholars and Elites

By Mark Paredes

July 21, 2010 | 4:12 pm

In keeping with the temple theme of Tisha B’av week and with this blog’s primary purpose of clarifying misconceptions, I would like to respond to a statement made by the erudite Rabbi... read on

  • Tisha B’av, Mormons and Temples

    By Mark Paredes

    July 19, 2010 | 10:42 pm

    With the fast for Tisha B’av set to begin right now, I join the worldwide Jewish community in mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples on the saddest day of the Jewish calendar. A Mormon’s concern for Israelite temples should not be surprising to anyone familiar with... read on

  • Mormons et Juifs à Montréal

    By Mark Paredes

    July 13, 2010 | 12:33 pm

    Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Montréal at the invitation of the local LDS community. Local Mormon leaders are very interested in building bridges of friendship to other faith communities, and I was asked to speak on LDS-Jewish relations before an audience of several... read on

  • Mormons, Genealogy and Elijah

    By Mark Paredes

    July 3, 2010 | 8:06 pm

    This month Los Angeles will host the 30th annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.  For five days amateur and professional Jewish genealogists will explore ways to help themselves and others research their family histories. Recent years... read on

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  • LDS Ambassadors Down Under

    By Mark Paredes

    June 30, 2010 | 12:17 am

    Israeli Ambassador to Australia Yuval Rotem likes to think outside the box. While serving as Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles, he initiated outreach to the region’s Latino and Christian communities, including the Mormon Church. When he hired me as his press attaché, Yuval told... read on

  • A Jewish Love Affair

    By Mark Paredes

    June 24, 2010 | 1:24 pm

    As I prepare to deliver pro-Jewish speeches in two eastern cities this weekend, I realized how fortunate I am to have such capable, caring colleagues on the LDS Church’s regional Jewish Relations Committee, which I advise.  When I was the director of the committee, I called a young... read on

  • Mormons, Gays and Prop 8

    By Mark Paredes

    June 22, 2010 | 1:07 am

    No one is, or ever could be, excluded from the circle of God’s love or the extended arms of His Church, for we are all His beloved sons and daughters. As President Hinckley said: “Our hearts reach out to those who struggle with feelings of affinity for the same gender. We... read on

  • Presbyterian Prophets and Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    June 18, 2010 | 1:01 am

    Is Helen Thomas a Presbyterian?

    One could be forgiven for wondering this after reading “Breaking Down the Walls,” a lengthy report on the Israeli/Palestinian dispute by the Presbyterian Church’s Middle East Study Committee that will be presented for a sustaining vote next month at... read on

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