Jewish Journal

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... 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

  • My LA Times essay on two Mormons who met at a lecture on Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    April 25, 2014 | 10:07 pm

    I have long wanted to write an essay for the L.A. Affairs column in the LA Times, and am grateful to the editors for choosing my submission for publication in tomorrow's print edition. I am eternally grateful to God for blessing me with such a wonderful family. Shabbat shalom to my Jewish readers. 

  • How to determine whether the Exodus really happened

    By Mark Paredes

    April 19, 2014 | 12:40 am

    The annual Exodus debate during Passover season and a recent discussion with a congregant highlight the divergent ways in which Jews and Mormons attempt to discover for themselves whether stories found in Scripture are meant to be taken literally. While Jews are generally more... read on

  • Why Russell Crowe Should Play a Mormon Noah

    By Mark Paredes

    March 31, 2014 | 11:16 pm

    Both my wife and I have a great desire to see Russell Crowe take a stab at the Noah role, but having a lively 6-month-old daughter to attend to makes it more likely that we’ll wait for the DVD to come on the market. For Mormons, Noah was one of the most important men who have ever... 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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