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  • General Conference and The Forward’s top rabbis

    By Mark Paredes

    March 20, 2013 | 11:26 pm

    In just over two weeks, Mormons around the world will gather for the church’s semiannual General Conference, broadcast around the world via satellite from Salt Lake City. During five two-hour sessions over two days, top LDS leaders will teach and inspire members with spiritual... read on

  • Help needed for Passover seder in Warsaw

    By Mark Paredes

    March 15, 2013 | 9:34 pm

    People who know me well know that if I had millions of dollars to give to charity, one of my projects would be to help build up the LDS and Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. I have spoken on the Mormon-Jewish connection in Hungary, Poland, and Romania, and remain optimistic... read on

  • Papabili rabbis and holy envy

    By Mark Paredes

    March 11, 2013 | 1:00 am

    After my first year of law school, I spent half the summer clerking at a law firm in Rome whose office was just a few blocks from the Vatican. I went to St. Peter’s Square every day for lunch, got to touch Pope John Paul II’s hand as he whisked by in his Popemobile during a general... read on

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  • Ron Wolfson and home teaching for Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    March 4, 2013 | 11:40 pm

    It’s been a good night so far. My lovely wife and I met a Mormon couple from Utah for dinner at Factor’s, my favorite LA Jewish deli. The philo-Semitic husband and I have been corresponding for some time after he saw a newspaper article on my blog, and it was nice to finally meet... read on

  • Viva Ladino! Mormon student promotes upcoming UCLA conference on Judeo-Spanish

    By Mark Paredes

    February 22, 2013 | 11:00 pm

    When I arrived in Israel as a young diplomat, Ladino saved me. Although I had studied Hebrew for six months at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington and with a private tutor in Mexico, the rate at which Israelis spoke Hebrew was a little too rapid for me to follow at first.... read on

  • Boy Scouts and gays: end the ban—and the boycott

    By Mark Paredes

    February 18, 2013 | 12:09 am

    “While we must practice tolerance and respect for others and their beliefs, including their right to explain and advocate their positions, we are not required to respect and tolerate wrong behavior.” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Mormon Apostle

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    It’s impossible to be a Mormon... read on

  • Exit Benedict, pray for another European pope

    By Mark Paredes

    February 11, 2013 | 10:46 pm

    Like most people around the world, I was rather surprised to hear that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to become former Pope Benedict XVI. He’s the first pope in 600 years to resign, and it will be interesting to see whom the cardinal electors elect to succeed him (let us pray it’s... 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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