Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • The Orthodox Union on Christmas Eve: Tithing, Excommunication, Mormons and Marriott

    By Mark Paredes

    December 25, 2010 | 1:48 am

    Since I will be celebrating Christmas with my family next week in Michigan, I decided to spend Christmas Eve with observant Jews attending the annual Orthodox Union’s Torah Convention. The first Christmas Eve OU event that I attended was a 2006 debate on Orthodoxy between Dennis... read on

  • Learning About Jews and Mormons in Provo

    By Mark Paredes

    December 22, 2010 | 4:15 pm

    BYU students are in luck this academic year. Not only do they have an opportunity to take a comparison course on Judaism and LDS Christianity, but their teacher for both semesters is Dr. Fred Woods. More than 180 students have already signed up for three classes on “Judaism and the... read on

  • This Week’s Torah Portion: Patriarchs, Blessings, Tribes—and Mormons

    By Mark Paredes

    December 18, 2010 | 6:42 pm

    And he [Jacob] blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. – Genesis 48:20
    This week’s Torah portion or parsha, Vayechi (Gen. 47:28 – 50:26) is the most important one for... read on

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