Jewish Journal

  • Conversion: From Ex-Mormon to Jew, Part I

    By Mark Paredes

    January 31, 2011 | 11:49 pm

    And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. – Ruth 1:16


    While conversion to another faith is a rather... read on

  • The Curse of the Pharaohs

    By Mark Paredes

    January 28, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    “Now, Pharaoh being of that lineage by which he could not have the right of Priesthood… therefore my father was led away by their idolatry.” – Abraham 1:27
    As I write these words, army tanks are pouring into the streets of Cairo to help put down a massive popular uprising... read on

  • Are Mormons Noahides? Brother, I Sure Hope Not

    By Mark Paredes

    January 24, 2011 | 11:47 pm

    And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you. – Genesis 9:8-9

    Righteous people of all nations have a share in the world to come.—Sanhedrin 105a


    One of my regular readers is an LDS... read on

  • More than 1000 Reasons to Promote Jewish-LDS Ties

    By Mark Paredes

    January 18, 2011 | 10:25 pm

    Hine ma tov u’ma naim
    Shevet achim gam yachad
    [“How good and pleasant it is
    When brothers dwell together in unity”]
    - Jewish hymn


    There was certainly a lot of unity on display on Sunday night in Lenexa, Kansas. More than a thousand Mormons and Jews gathered to witness a... read on

  • AZ Murders, Capital Punishment and the Mormon Church

    By Mark Paredes

    January 10, 2011 | 1:39 am

    “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” – Genesis 9:6

    “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regards the question of whether and in what circumstances the state should impose capital punishment as a matter... read on

  • Bloody Sphinx: Murdered Copts and Mutilated Women in a Benighted Country

    By Mark Paredes

    January 5, 2011 | 10:36 pm

    I am always happy to hear from Dr. Jahan Stanizai, a prominent Muslim interfaith leader in Los Angeles, but this week one of her emails was especially reassuring and timely. The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, an influential umbrella organization for mosques and Muslim... read on

  • My Autistic Nephew: Jews, Mormons and the Mentally Disabled

    By Mark Paredes

    January 1, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    I spent the last morning of 2010 at a screening of the new Yogi Bear movie with some very special kids. My autistic nephew’s therapy group reserved the theater, and about 100 people came to enjoy the movie with other families who don’t mind occasional outbursts or other... 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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