Jewish Journal

  • Reconstructionists and Mormons Dialogue in Irvine

    By Mark Paredes

    March 13, 2011 | 9:44 pm

    As the saying goes, well begun is half done. Last Friday night Rabbi Arnold Rachlis of University Synagogue dialogued with two LDS leaders during an informative presentation of Mormon beliefs at a shabbat service. The several hundred attendees, including many Mormon guests, were... read on

  • Intolerance in the Holy Land: No Kids, Pets or Gentiles

    By Mark Paredes

    March 8, 2011 | 11:58 pm

    “When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater... read on

  • Greek Orthodoxy, Anti-Semitism, and Religious Intolerance

    By Mark Paredes

    March 3, 2011 | 7:17 pm

    ἐντολὴν καινὴν δίδωμι ὑμῖν, ἵνα ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους· καθὼς ἠγάπησα ὑμᾶς ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀγαπᾶτε ἀλλήλους. ἐν τούτῳ γνώσονται πάντες ὅτι ἐμοὶ... read on

  • Checklist for a Faithful Mormon Wife

    By Mark Paredes

    February 28, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24
    Wife-hunting is not easy for anyone, but it’s even harder for religious Jews and Mormons. In addition to finding a woman who’s cute and... read on

  • Mormons and Jews Celebrate the Sabbath Across America and Canada—March 4, 2011

    By Mark Paredes

    February 24, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    “And he commanded them that they should observe the sabbath day, and keep it holy, and also every day they should give thanks to the Lord their God.” – Mosiah 18:23 [Book of Mormon]


    Many thanks to fellow LDS-Jewish blogger Christa Woodall for reminding me of the upcoming... read on

  • How to Make Liberal Judaism Relevant? Ask a Mormon

    By Mark Paredes

    February 20, 2011 | 10:30 pm

    “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not... read on

  • On This We Can Agree: 3 Rabbis, an Apostle, and a Prime Minister on Tolerance

    By Mark Paredes

    February 17, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    “Derech Eretz Kadma L’Torah” [Good character comes before Torah] – Orthodox Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    “I am here to contend for religious freedom.” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks

    “It is therefore our job at this moment to reach out ... to show that respect and equality between... read on

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