Jewish Journal

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... 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

  • More than 1000 Reasons to Promote Jewish-LDS Ties

    By Mark Paredes

    January 18, 2011 | 10:25 pm

    Hine ma tov u’ma naim
    Shevet achim gam yachad
    [“How good and pleasant it is
    When brothers dwell together in unity”]
    - Jewish hymn


    There was certainly a lot of unity on display on Sunday night in Lenexa, Kansas. More than a thousand Mormons and Jews gathered to witness a... read on

  • AZ Murders, Capital Punishment and the Mormon Church

    By Mark Paredes

    January 10, 2011 | 1:39 am

    “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” – Genesis 9:6

    “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regards the question of whether and in what circumstances the state should impose capital punishment as a matter... read on

  • Bloody Sphinx: Murdered Copts and Mutilated Women in a Benighted Country

    By Mark Paredes

    January 5, 2011 | 10:36 pm

    I am always happy to hear from Dr. Jahan Stanizai, a prominent Muslim interfaith leader in Los Angeles, but this week one of her emails was especially reassuring and timely. The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, an influential umbrella organization for mosques and Muslim... read on

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