Jewish Journal

  • Why have a bris for a Mormon baby?

    By Mark Paredes

    October 18, 2013 | 11:26 pm

    In my last post, I mentioned that LDS friends of ours who had just had a boy were planning to hold a bris for him that would be conducted by a Jewish mohel. In response, I received a few inquiries from Jews who were curious as to why Mormons would want to hold a Jewish circumcision... read on

  • I’m a Daddy!

    By Mark Paredes

    October 13, 2013 | 11:28 pm

    My lovely wife delivered a beautiful baby girl last week, and we couldn’t be happier. It is the first child for both of us, and we feel unbelievably blessed to be parents. At this point I even view getting up during the night as a welcome opportunity to bond with my daughter.

    If... read on

  • The Meaning of Racism

    By Mark Paredes

    September 30, 2013 | 11:32 pm

    I work in Santa Monica several days a week, and every time I’m in the city I grab the Santa Monica Daily Press newspaper first thing in the morning to see what’s going on. I mainly read the paper for three features: the “What’s up Westside” calendar on the inside page, the “News of... read on

  • King Benjamin and Sukkot

    By Mark Paredes

    September 22, 2013 | 11:10 pm

    During the Sukkot holiday, I always take time to read the account of King Benjamin’s address in the Book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon. Many Mormons believe that he gave this famous speech during Sukkot, and the scriptural evidence for this is pretty impressive.

    Mormons believe... read on

  • My Greek Orthodox, Yom Kippur, Kaparot Weekend

    By Mark Paredes

    September 16, 2013 | 12:48 am

    It was a memorable interfaith weekend for my LDS congregation in Koreatown. On Saturday we visited St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, whose dean, Fr. John Bakas, is one of the city’s leading religious figures. My wife was raised in the Romanian Orthodox Church, and retains a great... read on

  • Why the U.S. Should Not Attack Syria

    By Mark Paredes

    September 10, 2013 | 12:06 am

    Once in a while I set aside Jewish and/or Mormon themes in order to address pressing issues of the day (e.g., whether Lionel Messi plays soccer as well as Diego Maradona did). Such an opportunity now presents itself with the upcoming congressional votes on Syria. Every serious... read on

  • A Childfree Life and Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    August 15, 2013 | 10:01 am

    Lauren Sandler’s recent Time cover story on childless-by-choice couples, The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children, reminded me of my shortest date.  I had been set up with a beautiful Mormon girl who was a doctoral student in French, and I took her to a nice... 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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