Jewish Journal

  • The Torah and the JST: Pharaoh’s heart, Lot’s daughters, Noah’s altruism, and wicked witches

    By Mark Paredes

    September 24, 2012 | 7:36 pm

    Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. – Deuteronomy 4:2

    I thought of blogging on the LDS concept of atonement during Yom Kippur week, but given the... read on

  • Mitt’s statement on Middle East attacks: Wrong target, wrong time

    By Mark Paredes

    September 13, 2012 | 10:53 pm

    I rarely write about politics in this space, but I feel the need to weigh in on the recent violence in Egypt and Libya. As a former U.S. diplomat in the Middle East, I was very disappointed to read Mitt Romney’s ill-timed and ill-considered comments during Tuesday’s attacks on U.S.... read on

  • Why I won’t see The Book of Mormon

    By Mark Paredes

    September 9, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20, 2 Nephi 15:20 (Book of Mormon)

    AY! My name is Joseph Smith, and I’m going to f*** this baby! – verse from the... read on

  • The Abrahamic Covenant: Still Applicable Today?

    By Mark Paredes

    September 2, 2012 | 10:29 pm

    As the Jewish New Year begins later this month, I will join Jews in reflecting on beginnings. I was married earlier this year, and celebrate my birthday on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Since neither Rosh Hashanah nor my temple wedding would have been possible without the... read on




Mark Paredes is the leader of a large Mormon congregation in Los Angeles. He has worked for the ZOA, the American Jewish Congress, and the Consulate General of Israel in Los...

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