Jewish Journal

  • 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

  • Giving Thanks

    By Mark Paredes

    November 25, 2010 | 1:16 am

    In this season of thanksgiving, I would like to express my thanks to the members of the Jewish community of Los Angeles for accepting me as an honorary member eight years ago. Their passion, dedication and warmth have inspired me, and they make me want to be both a better Mormon and... read on

  • Love Thy Non-Mormon Neighbor

    By Mark Paredes

    November 23, 2010 | 12:03 am

    “The great religious leaders of the world such as Mohammed, Confucius, and the Reformers, as well as philosophers including Socrates, Plato, and others, received a portion of God’s light. Moral truths were given to them by God to enlighten whole nations and to bring a higher level... read on

  • Moses in the Promised Land

    By Mark Paredes

    November 18, 2010 | 12:47 am

    I decided years ago that I would use local Jewish institutions to stimulate my intellect and LDS temples and chapels to nourish my spirit. When I attend Jewish events in Los Angeles, I am always amazed at the intellect, energy and passion on display in this most dynamic of... read on

  • A Utah General for Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    November 15, 2010 | 12:12 pm

    “As goes America, so goes Israel. [Israel] is our sister democracy in a sea of totalitarianism. It is surrounded by people who want to throw them off the face of the earth.” – Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff
    It should not surprise regular readers of this blog that the... read on

  • Glenn Beck and the Jews: He Doesn’t Get It

    By Mark Paredes

    November 11, 2010 | 10:48 pm

    “And George Soros used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off … Here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps. And I am certainly not saying that George Soros enjoyed that, even had a... 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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