Jewish Journal

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.... read on

  • Mormon Proxy Immersions for the Dead

    By Mark Paredes

    July 28, 2010 | 1:14 am

    Here is a slightly edited version of my essay that appears on Menachem Wecker’s Houston Chronicle blog. Several readers have asked me to address this topic, and I am happy to do so. The essay is longer than previous posts by reason of necessity; this is not a question that can be... read on

  • Menachem Wecker’s Blog Posting / Mormons and Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    July 26, 2010 | 11:33 am

    Many thanks to Menachem Wecker for an insightful post on Jewish-Mormon relations:


    He blogs on religious art for the Huffington Post and Houston Chronicle websites, and knows a great deal about the LDS art tradition. Yasher koach, Menachem!

  • Scholars and Elites

    By Mark Paredes

    July 21, 2010 | 4:12 pm

    In keeping with the temple theme of Tisha B’av week and with this blog’s primary purpose of clarifying misconceptions, I would like to respond to a statement made by the erudite Rabbi Elliot Dorff in his insightful book “The Jewish Approach to Repairing the World.” Rabbi Dorff... read on

  • Tisha B’av, Mormons and Temples

    By Mark Paredes

    July 19, 2010 | 10:42 pm

    With the fast for Tisha B’av set to begin right now, I join the worldwide Jewish community in mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples on the saddest day of the Jewish calendar. A Mormon’s concern for Israelite temples should not be surprising to anyone familiar with... read on

  • Mormons et Juifs à Montréal

    By Mark Paredes

    July 13, 2010 | 12:33 pm

    Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Montréal at the invitation of the local LDS community. Local Mormon leaders are very interested in building bridges of friendship to other faith communities, and I was asked to speak on LDS-Jewish relations before an audience of several... read on

  • Mormons, Genealogy and Elijah

    By Mark Paredes

    July 3, 2010 | 8:06 pm

    This month Los Angeles will host the 30th annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.  For five days amateur and professional Jewish genealogists will explore ways to help themselves and others research their family histories. Recent years... read on