Jewish Journal

A Jewish Love Affair

By Mark Paredes

June 24, 2010 | 1:24 pm

As I prepare to deliver pro-Jewish speeches in two eastern cities this weekend, I realized how fortunate I am to have such capable, caring colleagues on the LDS Church’s regional Jewish... read on

  • Mormons, Gays and Prop 8

    By Mark Paredes

    June 22, 2010 | 1:07 am

    No one is, or ever could be, excluded from the circle of God’s love or the extended arms of His Church, for we are all His beloved sons and daughters. As President Hinckley said: “Our hearts reach out to those who struggle with feelings of affinity for the same gender. We... read on

  • Presbyterian Prophets and Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    June 18, 2010 | 1:01 am

    Is Helen Thomas a Presbyterian?

    One could be forgiven for wondering this after reading “Breaking Down the Walls,” a lengthy report on the Israeli/Palestinian dispute by the Presbyterian Church’s Middle East Study Committee that will be presented for a sustaining vote next month at... read on

  • Tithing vs Donald Sterling

    By Mark Paredes

    June 14, 2010 | 11:56 pm

    I gave a speech tonight to volunteers at the Mormon Temple in Los Angeles, one of the most pro-Jewish groups imaginable. One of the attendees was the great-grandson of LDS apostle Orson Hyde, who dedicated the Land of Israel for the gathering of the Jews in 1841, and he affirmed that... read on

  • Israeli PR, Polygamy and World Cup

    By Mark Paredes

    June 10, 2010 | 12:26 am

    Why isn’t Israel’s PR better? Last Monday I gave a briefing on the Middle East to members of a synagogue men’s group, and that question seemed to be on everyone’s mind. Why can’t Israel put some of its much-touted brainpower to use on the winning-hearts-and-minds front?... read on

  • Two Sides of Heaven

    By Mark Paredes

    June 6, 2010 | 11:52 pm

    What a wonderful Mormon/Jewish weekend. I am one of the few Mormons to have a goddaughter (the practice does not exist in our faith), and Saturday night was Shaina’s first art exhibit. I marveled at the talent of this precocious 13-year-old and was only too happy to purchase... read on

  • Promoting Jewish Values in a Mormon Way

    By Mark Paredes

    June 4, 2010 | 12:45 am

    At a briefing for Jewish leaders (and honorary Jews) in Los Angeles held earlier this week, the Israeli Consul General led a spirited discussion of recent events with an audience of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, secular, religious, gay, straight, Republican, Democratic, Persian,... read on

  • Bibi, Turks and Genocide

    By Mark Paredes

    June 2, 2010 | 1:26 am

    As I was preparing a blog post on a dialogue between two Conservative rabbis on process theology and Judaism, I received an urgent phone call from the Israeli Prime Minister’s office asking me to prepare a statement to be read by Mr. Netanyahu at a press conference tomorrow morning.... 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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