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First Aide for Israel

By Mark Paredes

August 20, 2010 | 12:18 pm

If I needed a blood transfusion in Israel, I would ask to receive Valeria Gannon’s. For years this outgoing, dedicated employee of ARMDI (www.afmda.org), the American fundraising arm of... read on

  • Another Patriarch for Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    August 17, 2010 | 7:40 pm

    Did you hear the one about the Jew who moved to Salt Lake City because he wanted to feel what it was like to be a Gentile? Actually, Mormons don’t regard Jews as Gentiles, but they are fascinated with Israel. In fact, more than one rabbi has remarked that Mormons seem more interested... read on

  • Jewish Leaders Visit Zion

    By Mark Paredes

    August 16, 2010 | 12:27 am

    On my first day as the new press attaché at the Israeli Consulate General in Los Angeles, Consul General Yuval Rotem took me into his office and playfully wagged his finger in my face. “You’d better behave yourself here,” he warned, “or I’ll tell [LDS Church] President Hinckley on... read on

  • Glenn Beck and Jesus’ Jewish Killers

    By Mark Paredes

    August 13, 2010 | 12:21 am

    “But Jesus was not a victim. He was a conqueror…Jesus conquered death. He wasn’t victimized. He chose to give his life….If he was a victim, and this theology was true, then Jesus would’ve come back from the dead and made the Jews pay for what they did. That’s an abomination.”—Fox... read on

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  • A Mormon Zionist at Brandeis

    By Mark Paredes

    August 10, 2010 | 9:46 am

    Readers of this blog know that I love to introduce Mormon Philosemites
    to the Jewish community. Today the spotlight falls on Jason Olson, a
    recent graduate cum laude in Hebrew Bible/Middle East Studies from BYU
    who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Israel Studies at Brandeis. Jason... read on

  • Hating Muslims and Mormons in Temecula

    By Mark Paredes

    August 6, 2010 | 7:43 pm

    I love to visit mosques. One of the sweetest spiritual experiences I have ever had was when I prayed in a mosque in a remote Turkish fishing village. I have worshipped in mosques in Istanbul, Jerusalem, Cairo and Los Angeles, and like many Mormons I have a generally positive view of... read on

  • I’m Going to Hell? Who Cares?

    By Mark Paredes

    August 4, 2010 | 12:04 am

    “Mormons and Jews have something in common if they don’t repent and surrender their lives to Jesus Christ.” – reader comment on my recent interview with blogger Menachem Wecker

    Following a briefing I gave to a havurah group last weekend in Camarillo, I was asked by a cantor... read on

  • Pius XII: Saint or Sinner?

    By Mark Paredes

    July 31, 2010 | 10:05 am

    “We share in the grief of humanity at the passing away of His Holiness
    Pope Pius XII. In a generation affected by wars and discords, he
    upheld the highest ideals of peace and compassion. When fearful
    martyrdom came to our people in the decade of Nazi terror, the voice
    of the Pope was... read on

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