Jewish Journal

  • Pew Survey: Is the “Mormon Moment” a Myth?

    By Mark Paredes

    January 15, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    On two Sundays a month I teach a spiritual lesson to a group of high priests (mostly older men) in my congregation. Today we began with a spirited discussion of the new Pew survey, which shows that 46% of American Mormons feel that there is a lot of discrimination against Mormons in... read on

  • Tim Tebow: An Example for Believing Mormons and Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    January 12, 2012 | 12:53 am

    With the AFC playoff game this weekend, Tebowmania promises to hit new heights. Straight men around the country are openly acknowledging their man crush on the Broncos’ quarterback, while Christian parents from coast to coast dream of such a match for their daughters. I’m... read on

  • Jewish anti-Mormonism vs Evangelical anti-Mormonism: opposite sides of a coin

    By Mark Paredes

    January 6, 2012 | 1:21 am

    Although the U.S. Constitution declares that the government can’t administer a religious test to presidential candidates, individuals are certainly free to judge politicians using whatever religious criteria they wish. One popular topic of discussion among Mormons in this election... read on

  • Orthodox rabbi: Romney a “dangerous homosexualist”

    By Mark Paredes

    December 30, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Nevertheless, this did not put an end to the spreading of priestcraft through the land; for there were many who loved the vain things of the world, and they went forth preaching false doctrines; and this they did for the sake of riches and honor.—Alma 1:16 (Book of Mormon)


    ... read on
  • Jews, Mormons, Adultery and Newt

    By Mark Paredes

    December 22, 2011 | 1:27 am

    Thou shalt not commit adultery. – Exodus 20:14

    Thou shalt not commit adultery; and he that committeth adultery, and repenteth not, shall be cast out.  But he that has committed adultery and repents with all his heart, and forsaketh it, and doeth it no more, thou shalt forgive; But... read on

  • Palestinians: Why Newt is right and a BYU professor is wrong

    By Mark Paredes

    December 16, 2011 | 1:28 am

    “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political... read on

  • Answers to a rabbi, part 3: Baptizing dead Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    December 9, 2011 | 1:02 am

    Know then that ev’ry soul is free,
    To choose his life and what he’ll be;
    For this eternal truth is given,
    That God will force no man to heaven.

    He’ll call, persuade direct him right;,
    Bless him with wisdom, love, and light;
    In nameless ways be good and kind;
    But never force the... read on

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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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