Jewish Journal

  • Charlie Hebdo: The French Sony Complex

    By Mark Paredes

    January 8, 2015 | 5:33 pm

    "In France, there is a principle of freedom of expression, which should not be undermined. In the present context, given this absurd video that has been aired, strong emotions have been awakened in many Muslim countries. Is it really sensible or intelligent to pour oil on the... read on

  • Israel conquered “Palestine” in 1967? Time for a rewrite

    By Mark Paredes

    December 19, 2014 | 11:34 pm

    The LDS Church-owned Deseret News is published in Utah and is one of the two largest newspapers in the state. Every week it features a column written by Daniel Peterson, a professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at BYU, and LDS author William Hamblin. They address religious issues... read on

  • Jewish Writer: Everyone Should See Film ‘Meet the Mormons’

    By Mark Paredes

    December 13, 2014 | 12:32 am

    I have always been an atypical visitor to Mormon Visitors Centers around the world. Visitors to the centers, which are adjacent to temples and important LDS historical sites, are almost always asked by missionaries to view movies, videos, or other media that were created to inform... read on

  • Why Mormon and Jewish Language Learners Should Nulu

    By Mark Paredes

    December 4, 2014 | 11:45 pm

    A recently email immediately caught my attention for two very personal reasons: The subject line mentioned a referral from my favorite Orthodox rabbi, and the first paragraph made reference to my preferred method for language learning. Given my fluency in multiple languages, I am... read on

  • Swedes, Jews & Stereotypes

    By Mark Paredes

    November 30, 2014 | 10:00 pm

    Last week I took a group of older couples from Gothenburg, Sweden, on a 2-hour tour of Beverly Hills and Hollywood. I delivered a speech on Jewish-Mormon relations at the University of Gothenburg a few years ago, and enjoyed talking with them about their beautiful city. They were a... read on

  • Greg Smith: A Mormon Mensch at AIPAC

    By Mark Paredes

    November 20, 2014 | 11:50 pm

    When I received an email last year from a BYU professor encouraging me to meet with one of his former students who had recently relocated to Los Angeles, I was only too happy to oblige. Greg Smith, a national field organizer for AIPAC, had been hired by the organization’s LA office... read on

  • LA’s Mormon community to get new leader this weekend

    By Mark Paredes

    November 8, 2014 | 12:55 am

    This weekend is a special one for the 5500 Mormons in the Los Angeles Stake, or diocese, which stretches from West LA to downtown. A stake president is chosen about once a decade, and Sunday we’ll find out who it is. Outgoing stake president Mark Bragg has served faithfully for 9... read on

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