Jewish Journal

  • Glenn Beck, ZOA and mad men

    By Mark Paredes

    November 28, 2011 | 12:44 am

    When Mormon media figure Glenn Beck was under attack last year by major Jewish groups for inappropriate comments he made about financier George Soros, one of the few Jewish leaders to defend him was Mort Klein, the head of the far-right Zionist Organization of America (ZOA). Last... read on

  • Mormons give thanks for Jews and Gary Rosenblatt

    By Mark Paredes

    November 25, 2011 | 1:40 am

    One of the people for whom I am thankful today is Gary Rosenblatt, editor of The Jewish Week. In his most recent article, he expresses support for Mormons as fellow members of a minority religion. As such, he believes that they should be judged, like Jews, on their character and... read on

  • Cure for anti-Semitism in Italy? Two Mormons and a rabbi in Florence

    By Mark Paredes

    November 19, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    While Europeans are justifiably concerned about Italy’s ability to put its financial house in order, philo-Semites like me are also worried about the country’s rising level of anti-Semitism. According to the Italian Chamber of Deputies’ Committee for the Inquiry into... read on

  • Et tu, Harold Bloom? Mormonism, Mitt—and ignorance

    By Mark Paredes

    November 16, 2011 | 10:29 pm

    “[Joseph Smith] was an authentic religious genius, unique in our national history. . . . Smith’s insight could have come only from a remarkably apt reading of the Bible, and there I would locate the secret of his religious genius. . . . So strong was this act of reading that it... read on

  • Mormon Bishop to Gays: ‘I’m Sorry’

    By Mark Paredes

    November 10, 2011 | 10:43 pm

    “You and I know that I can’t speak on behalf of the church tonight, but I can speak on behalf of myself. I want to tell you, if you leave here not remembering anything I have to say, remember this: I’m sorry. Deeply, deeply sorry.” – LDS Bishop Kevin Kloosterman

    What a crazy... read on

  • An Israeli Attack on Iran: Justified by God?

    By Mark Paredes

    November 5, 2011 | 11:50 pm

    “Judaism affirms the permissibility of war as a response to life-threatening aggression, current or anticipated.” – 2003 Resolution on Conflict with Iraq, The Rabbinical Assembly

    “Inasmuch as ye are not guilty of the first offense, neither the second, ye shall not suffer... read on

  • Are Mormons Christians? Of Constantine and Karaites

    By Mark Paredes

    November 1, 2011 | 9:12 am

    Christian: one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. – Merriam-Webster dictionary

    “It was, in the first place, declared improper to follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this holy festival, because, their hands having been stained with crime, the... read on

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Mark Paredes is a Mormon bishop in Los Angeles. He has worked for the ZOA, the American Jewish Congress, and the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles. He has also served...

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