Jewish Journal

  • Once again, a Mormon presence at LA’s Israeli independence festival

    By Mark Paredes

    May 15, 2014 | 11:15 pm

    One of the largest Israeli independence festivals in the world will be held in Los Angeles this Sunday, and once again it will feature a booth sponsored by the Mormon Church. Although my heart will be at the Celebrate Israel Festival in Cheviot Hills, my presence is required at a... read on

  • Sabbath inspiration for my daughter’s first blessing

    By Mark Paredes

    May 5, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    My favorite thing about Judaism is the weekly blessing given by fathers (or sometimes both parents) to their children at the Sabbath table. God is asked to make boys like Ephraim and Manasseh, while girls are to become like matriarchs Sara, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. The recitation... read on

  • My LA Times essay on two Mormons who met at a lecture on Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    April 25, 2014 | 10:07 pm

    I have long wanted to write an essay for the L.A. Affairs column in the LA Times, and am grateful to the editors for choosing my submission for publication in tomorrow's print edition. I am eternally grateful to God for blessing me with such a wonderful family. Shabbat shalom to my Jewish readers. 

  • How to determine whether the Exodus really happened

    By Mark Paredes

    April 19, 2014 | 12:40 am

    The annual Exodus debate during Passover season and a recent discussion with a congregant highlight the divergent ways in which Jews and Mormons attempt to discover for themselves whether stories found in Scripture are meant to be taken literally. While Jews are generally more... read on

  • Why Russell Crowe Should Play a Mormon Noah

    By Mark Paredes

    March 31, 2014 | 11:16 pm

    Both my wife and I have a great desire to see Russell Crowe take a stab at the Noah role, but having a lively 6-month-old daughter to attend to makes it more likely that we’ll wait for the DVD to come on the market. For Mormons, Noah was one of the most important men who have ever... read on

  • Thoughts on Ukraine

    By Mark Paredes

    March 22, 2014 | 12:16 am

    Recent events in Ukraine have hit home for the Paredes family in a personal way. My Romanian wife spent 18 months as a Mormon missionary in Russia, where she developed a great love for the Russian people. In addition, the LDS temple in Kiev is the one that is designated for church... read on

  • The Arizona bill on gays—payback time for fanatics

    By Mark Paredes

    February 25, 2014 | 11:35 pm

    More than a decade ago, the parents of one of my high-school friends started letting the notorious white supremacist preacher James Wickstrom use his furniture store as the venue for his hate-filled speeches. According to Wickstrom, Jews are the evil spawn of Eve and Satan and... read on

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