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  • Why does a Jewish atheist bash Mormon marriage? Ask Bill Handel

    By Mark Paredes

    2 weeks ago

    Tonight I was looking forward to blogging on our just-completed family trip to Romania, but my plans were preempted by Bill Handel, the LA-based radio talk show host. Handel is a Jewish atheist (which makes him less than fully Jewish in my eyes) who discusses religion frequently on... read on

  • When is Santa Monica, CA like Jackson, MS?

    By Mark Paredes

    September 28, 2014 | 1:44 am

    While my Jewish friends were ringing in the new year 5775 this week, it was disturbing to see anti-Jewish bigotry from the year 1775 on display in the South. A pulpit rabbi who had previously served in Southern California was thrown out of a restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi... read on

  • Why I have not yet vaccinated my daughter

    By Mark Paredes

    September 19, 2014 | 1:33 am

    It looks like The Atlantic is the latest media outlet to bash parents who choose not to follow the most aggressive vaccine regimen in the world. My wife and I have chosen not to vaccinate our 11-month-old daughter, though we may change our minds when she heads off to school. We... read on

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  • Texting during worship services? How rabbis inspired my new policy

    By Mark Paredes

    September 6, 2014 | 12:35 am

    A presentation that I made last week to my congregation was inspired by a common practice in many synagogues that I have visited. The most sacred Mormon meeting is the sacrament meeting, held once a week on Sundays. The 70-minute meeting features three hymns, an opening and closing... read on

  • Why Mormons can’t be anti-Zionists

    By Mark Paredes

    August 25, 2014 | 12:10 am

    After reading Ray Filar’s inane, vapid essay on why she is an “anti-Zionist Jew,” I googled the phrase “anti-Zionist Mormon” to see whether one of my coreligionists had published a similar piece. Although there are slightly more Mormons than Jews in the world, I was pleased –... read on

  • Anti-Jewish Comments in the Book of Mormon? Why Nephi’s Got Nothing on Jeremiah

    By Mark Paredes

    August 11, 2014 | 10:27 pm

    Yesterday a local Mormon leader asked me a rather common question posed by Mormons seeking to discuss their faith with Jewish friends and colleagues. He has a Jewish coworker who has expressed the desire to read the Book of Mormon in order to better understand his Mormon friends’... read on

  • Why Thinking Mormons (and Jews) Support Israel in Gaza

    By Mark Paredes

    July 28, 2014 | 12:45 am

    The Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza strip has caused my email inbox to fill up, most recently from an old Mormon friend who is a libertarian-leaning conservative. He is baffled as to why a few of his fellow LDS libertarians would have harsh things to say about Israel.

    As I have... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Mark Paredes is a Mormon Bishop and a member of the Jewish Relations Committee of the LDS Church’s Southern California Public Affairs Council. He has worked for the ZOA, the...

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