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  • Canadian Mormons commemorate Yom Hashoah

    By Mark Paredes

    April 21, 2013 | 10:49 pm

    After speaking with a prominent Orthodox rabbi in Montreal a few years ago, I had the distinct impression that great things were going to happen on the Jewish-Mormon front in that beautiful city. One of the stake presidents (regional leaders) is Eric Jarvis, a psychiatrist at... read on

  • A new philo-Semitic Mormon bishop in LA

    By Mark Paredes

    April 14, 2013 | 11:26 pm

    Today I was ordained a Mormon bishop, the equivalent of a volunteer pulpit rabbi. I was as surprised as anyone when the call was extended to me, but I accepted knowing that I would have the support of my lovely wife and our diverse, dynamic Koreatown congregation.

    Although a... read on

  • The Supreme Court and gay marriage: no compelling secular reason to deny it

    By Mark Paredes

    April 6, 2013 | 12:39 am

    After taking the time to digest countless editorials, blog posts, and articles on the recent gay marriage cases argued at the Supreme Court, I remain convinced that there are valid religious reasons for opposing gay marriage, but no secular ones. While religious people should... read on

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  • Mormon student vs Democratic vice-chairman on Florida campus

    By Mark Paredes

    March 30, 2013 | 9:39 am

    As a Mormon blogger on religion, I would be remiss in extremis if I did not use this space to send out kudos to Ryan Rotella, a junior at Florida Atlantic University (and devout Mormon) who was suspended from a class after refusing a request from the vice-chairman of the Palm Beach... read on

  • Why peace with Abbas and Hamas is worse than occupation

    By Mark Paredes

    March 24, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Mai bine singur decât cu o companie proastă [Better single than with bad company] – Romanian proverb

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    When I was single, I met lots of people who thought that not being married was the worst thing that could happen to them. They allowed their marital status to define --... read on

  • 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

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