Jewish Journal

  • Glenn Beck vs 400 Rabbis

    By Mark Paredes

    February 7, 2011 | 1:10 am

    A few years ago I was on the phone with a Jewish activist from Florida who was well-known for being a Democrat and a feminist. I was interested to hear what she had learned from decades of service in the Jewish community, so I asked her what she considered to be the most important... read on

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

    By Mark Paredes

    February 4, 2011 | 9:23 am

    God is like an icon which never changes, yet everyone who looks at it sees a different face.—midrash Pesikta de-Rav Kahana
    Most prospective converts to another faith are seeking answers to questions that their religious traditions either do not address or for which their answers... read on

  • 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

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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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