Jewish Journal

  • Et tu, Harold Bloom? Mormonism, Mitt—and ignorance

    By Mark Paredes

    November 16, 2011 | 10:29 pm

    “[Joseph Smith] was an authentic religious genius, unique in our national history. . . . Smith’s insight could have come only from a remarkably apt reading of the Bible, and there I would locate the secret of his religious genius. . . . So strong was this act of reading that it... read on

  • Mormon Bishop to Gays: ‘I’m Sorry’

    By Mark Paredes

    November 10, 2011 | 10:43 pm

    “You and I know that I can’t speak on behalf of the church tonight, but I can speak on behalf of myself. I want to tell you, if you leave here not remembering anything I have to say, remember this: I’m sorry. Deeply, deeply sorry.” – LDS Bishop Kevin Kloosterman

    What a crazy... read on

  • An Israeli Attack on Iran: Justified by God?

    By Mark Paredes

    November 5, 2011 | 11:50 pm

    “Judaism affirms the permissibility of war as a response to life-threatening aggression, current or anticipated.” – 2003 Resolution on Conflict with Iraq, The Rabbinical Assembly

    “Inasmuch as ye are not guilty of the first offense, neither the second, ye shall not suffer... read on

  • Are Mormons Christians? Of Constantine and Karaites

    By Mark Paredes

    November 1, 2011 | 9:12 am

    Christian: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. – Merriam-Webster dictionary

    “It was, in the first place, declared improper to follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this holy festival, because, their hands having been stained with crime, the... read on

  • Maureen Dowd attacks Mitt: Does a candidate’s underwear matter?

    By Mark Paredes

    October 23, 2011 | 10:23 pm

    “When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” — Jonathan Swift
    Judging from NYT columnist Maureen Dowd’s latest column (“Anne Frank, a Mormon?”), Joseph Smith was an Einstein. In her pathetic... read on

  • Rabbis, Politics and the Bimah: an Unholy Mix

    By Mark Paredes

    October 16, 2011 | 3:35 am

    Every year the question of preaching politics from the bimah arises just before the start of Rosh Hashana. This year it was radio host and author Dennis Prager’s turn to criticize the practice, which he believes is promoted exclusively by liberal rabbis. While I have not heard... read on

  • Evangelicals, Bigotry, Mormons—and Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    October 9, 2011 | 9:20 pm

    Several Jewish friends have contacted me this week to get my reaction to the latest broadsides leveled at my church by Evangelicals, this time from two pastors speaking at the annual Values Voter Summit. My reaction to these comments is to publicly thank the pastors for reminding... 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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