Jewish Journal

  • A Mormon antidote to the Pew survey: More expectations and conversions

    By Mark Paredes

    November 4, 2013 | 10:43 pm

    As someone who believes that Jews should actively proselytize to non-Jews and become as involved as possible in Jewish life, I was dismayed (though not surprised) at the results of a recent Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Jews that showed an increasing detachment of non-Orthodox... read on

  • Why have a bris for a Mormon baby?

    By Mark Paredes

    October 18, 2013 | 11:26 pm

    In my last post, I mentioned that LDS friends of ours who had just had a boy were planning to hold a bris for him that would be conducted by a Jewish mohel. In response, I received a few inquiries from Jews who were curious as to why Mormons would want to hold a Jewish circumcision... read on

  • I’m a Daddy!

    By Mark Paredes

    October 13, 2013 | 11:28 pm

    My lovely wife delivered a beautiful baby girl last week, and we couldn’t be happier. It is the first child for both of us, and we feel unbelievably blessed to be parents. At this point I even view getting up during the night as a welcome opportunity to bond with my daughter.

    If... read on

  • The Meaning of Racism

    By Mark Paredes

    September 30, 2013 | 11:32 pm

    I work in Santa Monica several days a week, and every time I’m in the city I grab the Santa Monica Daily Press newspaper first thing in the morning to see what’s going on. I mainly read the paper for three features: the “What’s up Westside” calendar on the inside page, the “News of... read on

  • King Benjamin and Sukkot

    By Mark Paredes

    September 22, 2013 | 11:10 pm

    During the Sukkot holiday, I always take time to read the account of King Benjamin’s address in the Book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon. Many Mormons believe that he gave this famous speech during Sukkot, and the scriptural evidence for this is pretty impressive.

    Mormons believe... read on

  • My Greek Orthodox, Yom Kippur, Kaparot Weekend

    By Mark Paredes

    September 16, 2013 | 12:48 am

    It was a memorable interfaith weekend for my LDS congregation in Koreatown. On Saturday we visited St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, whose dean, Fr. John Bakas, is one of the city’s leading religious figures. My wife was raised in the Romanian Orthodox Church, and retains a great... read on

  • Why the U.S. Should Not Attack Syria

    By Mark Paredes

    September 10, 2013 | 12:06 am

    Once in a while I set aside Jewish and/or Mormon themes in order to address pressing issues of the day (e.g., whether Lionel Messi plays soccer as well as Diego Maradona did). Such an opportunity now presents itself with the upcoming congressional votes on Syria. Every serious... read on

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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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