Jewish Journal


By Mark Paredes

November 4, 2010 | 12:29 am

“We support our friends in Utah who have been impacted by these disturbing incidents.” – ADL Central Pacific Regional Director Daniel S. Sandman, responding to arson attacks on two LDS... read on

  • Why Are Most Mormons Republicans?

    By Mark Paredes

    October 31, 2010 | 9:42 pm

    “I teach them correct principles, and they govern themselves.” – Joseph Smith, explaining to a legislator how he managed to govern so many Mormons
    In two days the nation’s Jews and Mormons will join their fellow citizens in electing political leaders to local, state, and... read on

  • The Archbishop, Jews, and Christian Zionists

    By Mark Paredes

    October 27, 2010 | 12:41 am

    “We Christians cannot speak of the ‘promised land’ as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people. This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people – all men and women of all countries have become the chosen people.” – Melkite Catholic... read on

  • What Kind of Jew Would an Orthodox Mormon Be?

    By Mark Paredes

    October 24, 2010 | 12:19 am

    This week I received the following question from a Jewish teacher who is seeking a greater understanding of the LDS faith: which Jewish movement most closely approximates the Mormon view of obedience to God’s law? In framing my answer, I will avail myself of Professor (and... read on

  • Rabin’s Peacemaking Legacy: Is There One?

    By Mark Paredes

    October 20, 2010 | 1:56 am

    Fifteen Jewish years ago today, I was leaving a Domino’s Pizza one block from Kings of Israel Square (today’s Rabin Square) in the heart of Tel Aviv. The largest peace rally in Israel’s history was in full swing, and someone said that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was speaking.... read on

  • Why Jews Should Be Missionaries

    By Mark Paredes

    October 17, 2010 | 11:28 pm

    This afternoon I joined a group of Mormon singles participating in Open Mosque Day at the King Fahad Mosque in Culver City, California. I had met the mosque’s leader on several occasions, and was pleased to see young Mormons observing Muslim prayers and asking questions. As I put... read on

  • Jewish Community Leaders AWOL at Holocaust Museum Dedication

    By Mark Paredes

    October 14, 2010 | 4:30 pm

    When I began working in the Jewish community in 2002, my colleagues at the Israeli Consulate General told me that there were two things that united every Jew in the city: a war involving Israel and the Holocaust. After attending this morning’s public dedication of LA’s relocated... read on

  • Scriptures, Science and a Sephardic Rabbi

    By Mark Paredes

    October 11, 2010 | 1:02 am

    “Therefore the Almighty commenced the Holy Scriptures with the description of the Creation, that is, with Physical Science…”—Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed, Introduction

    “Our religion is not hostile to real science. That which is demonstrated, we accept with joy; but vain... read on

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