Jewish Journal

  • Mormon Q&A for Upcoming Presidential Election, part II

    By Mark Paredes

    February 14, 2011 | 1:08 am

    e ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” – 1 Peter 3:15

    With two Mormons preparing to launch presidential campaigns and an irreverent Book of Mormon musical set to hit Broadway next month,... read on

  • Mormon Q&A for the Upcoming Presidential Election

    By Mark Paredes

    February 10, 2011 | 10:11 pm

    “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?” – Southern Baptist preacher (and presidential candidate) Mike Huckabee, 2007
    It looks increasingly likely that there will be two serious Mormon candidates (Mitt Romney and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.)... read on

  • 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

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Mark Paredes is the leader of a large Mormon congregation in Los Angeles. He has worked for the ZOA, the American Jewish Congress, and the Consulate General of Israel in Los...

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