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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... read on

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Jews, Mormons and Intermarriage

    By Mark Paredes

    August 23, 2010 | 1:39 am

    “WHEN the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee… thou shalt make no covenant with them…  Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his... read on

  • 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 Magen David Adom (Israel’s Red Cross), has helped to raise money to provide Israel’s entire... 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

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