Jewish Journal

  • Why was a Mormon feminist excommunicated?

    By Mark Paredes

    June 24, 2014 | 10:41 pm

    Excommunication is no longer a Jewish practice, though I could certainly come up with a few candidates if it were ever restored. It is, however, a last resort for Mormon leaders who are faced with public apostates in their congregations. Immediately after learning yesterday that... read on

  • Yair Rosenberg’s profile of me for Tablet magazine

    By Mark Paredes

    June 20, 2014 | 10:38 pm

    Yair Rosenberg has written an excellent profile of my interfaith work for Tablet, a daily online magazine of Jewish news. We met at a presentation I made on LDS-Jewish relations at Harvard, and I've continued to follow his successful career in journalism. It's an honor to know Yair, and I greatly appreciate his efforts to promote interfaith understanding. Shabbat shalom to all of my Jewish readers.


  • My First Father’s Day as a Dad

    By Mark Paredes

    June 15, 2014 | 10:50 pm

    I waited more than four decades to become a father, and today was my first Father’s Day as a parent. It was definitely the most meaningful holiday of my life. During today’s sacrament meeting – the main LDS worship service – I had four new fathers give short talks on what being a... read on

  • Shmuley Boteach’s missionary proposal: Good intentions, bad theology

    By Mark Paredes

    June 3, 2014 | 11:08 pm

    As someone who has repeatedly (and publicly) encouraged Jews to become active missionaries for their faith, I was very pleased to see the headline for Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s recent essay, “Jews Should Seek Converts,” on the Jewish Journal’s website. I immediately clicked on the... read on

  • The 6 Questions that Donald Sterling will be asked in the next life

    By Mark Paredes

    May 22, 2014 | 11:04 pm

    In 1965, LDS Church President David O. McKay made the following extraordinary statement to a group of church employees: “Let me assure you, Brethren, that some day you will have a personal priesthood interview with the Savior himself. If you are interested, I will tell you the... read on

  • Once again, a Mormon presence at LA’s Israeli independence festival

    By Mark Paredes

    May 15, 2014 | 11:15 pm

    One of the largest Israeli independence festivals in the world will be held in Los Angeles this Sunday, and once again it will feature a booth sponsored by the Mormon Church. Although my heart will be at the Celebrate Israel Festival in Cheviot Hills, my presence is required at a... read on

  • Sabbath inspiration for my daughter’s first blessing

    By Mark Paredes

    May 5, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    My favorite thing about Judaism is the weekly blessing given by fathers (or sometimes both parents) to their children at the Sabbath table. God is asked to make boys like Ephraim and Manasseh, while girls are to become like matriarchs Sara, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. The recitation... read on

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