Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • Jewish Outreach: Whom to Call?

    By Mark Paredes

    December 15, 2010 | 6:54 pm

    Since I began this blog seven short months ago, several local LDS leaders have written me to ask for a general profile of a person to call to work with Jews in their areas (remembering, of course, that divine inspiration is the overriding factor in issuing these callings). When I was... read on

  • Rabbi: When Will Mormons Stand With Us?

    By Mark Paredes

    December 12, 2010 | 11:23 pm

    Tonight was the annual Festival of Lights dinner sponsored by the international pro-Israel educational organization StandWithUs (SWU), one of the highlights of my year. I’ve been affiliated with SWU from the beginning, and had the honor of serving on its first speakers panel with... read on

  • Settlements and Peace: A Pox on Everyone’s House

    By Mark Paredes

    December 8, 2010 | 4:12 pm

    “We have been pursuing a moratorium as a means to create conditions for a return to meaningful and sustained negotiations. After a considerable effort, we have concluded that this does not create a firm basis to work towards our shared goal of a framework agreement.” – State... read on

  • Replacement Theology, Mormons and the Amish

    By Mark Paredes

    December 4, 2010 | 1:25 pm

    “We are here to say we are sorry. We no longer want to reject you or look at you as not being God’s people. You were God’s people long before we were.” – Amish Bishop Ben Girod, during a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem
    I now have one more reason to love... read on

  • Two Chanukah Gifts: a Rabbi and a Jewish-Mormon Blog in the Bay Area

    By Mark Paredes

    December 1, 2010 | 7:09 pm

    As Jewish families light Chanukah candles this evening, I too will give thanks for two wonderful gifts that have been given to further LDS-Jewish relations on my favorite holiday. The first is Rabbi Jeff Marx of The Santa Monica Synagogue, a dynamic Reform congregation in its... read on

  • Rabbi Shmuley, Jesus, and the New Testament

    By Mark Paredes

    November 28, 2010 | 10:47 pm

    “The Mormons are our brothers, the Christians are our kin. So long as they support and defend the Jewish people through their current persecution, that will always be so, whatever their beliefs, and we owe them our gratitude.” – Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    “And Simon Peter... read on

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