Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • Soul Sisters in St. Louis

    By Mark Paredes

    October 6, 2010 | 11:29 am

    Today’s words of wisdom come from Mary Pedersen, Acting Executive Director of Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls in St. Louis, Missouri. Mary is one of the most dynamic, dedicated public affairs professionals I have ever seen, and her LDS-Jewish events are models for... read on

  • Hebrew Catholics and Children of Peace

    By Mark Paredes

    October 3, 2010 | 7:37 pm

    “Jews outside the church need to see a Jewish reality inside the church. We don’t evangelize, but if Jews are able to preserve themselves within the church, it will open the floodgates for Jews to come into the church.”—David Moss, President of the Association of Hebrew Catholics
    ————... read on

  • Hooray for Jews, Mormons and Atheists

    By Mark Paredes

    September 29, 2010 | 12:54 pm

    “And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom. Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain... 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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