Jewish Journal

Israel at 63: Ambassadors Needed

By Mark Paredes

May 17, 2011 | 11:31 pm

Last Friday night I had the honor of speaking on behalf of the Consulate General of Israel in Glendale, CA at Temple Sinai’s service celebrating Israel’s independence. I debated whether... read on

  • Interview with a Rabbi on LDS-Orthodox Dialogue

    By Mark Paredes

    April 30, 2011 | 9:53 am

    Last month I came across a thoughtful blog post on Orthodox Jews and Mormons by Rabbi Dr. Alan Brill, the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair of Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University. After a brief e-mail exchange, the rabbi was kind enough to post my answers to his questions on... read on

  • Mormon Night in God’s Assembly

    By Mark Paredes

    April 24, 2011 | 8:06 pm

    Thousand Oaks, CA was the setting for last month’s “Mormon Night” at Reform synagogue Temple Adat Elohim. Rabbi Ted Riter has long been active in interfaith affairs, and he had the good fortune to befriend Larry Bagby while serving on a local interfaith council. Larry is a... read on

  • Reform Rabbi + LDS in TX: Sinai and Gay Marriage

    By Mark Paredes

    April 21, 2011 | 10:58 pm

    Dr. Michael Freckleton, a personable radiologist, is an innovative stake president (stake = LDS diocese) in San Antonio, Texas. For the second year in a row he organized a two-day religious education conference (a mini-Limmud, if you will) featuring speakers from several states. On... read on

  • Jews and Mormons and Harvard—Oh My!!

    By Mark Paredes

    April 14, 2011 | 10:49 pm

    As Avishai Don of the Harvard Crimson duly noted, last Friday night at Harvard Hillel was a special evening. Jewish and LDS students gathered for a Wild West-themed Shabbat dinner presided over by Orthodox Rabbi Ben Greenberg and his lovely wife Sharon. The Moshe Safdie-designed... read on

  • Exploring Ancient and Modern Miracles in Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    April 6, 2011 | 9:11 pm

    From the day that I began working for the Jewish community, I’ve had two goals: to be a Chabad shaliach (emissary) and to take tour groups to Israel and show them what I think they should see. I want to be a shaliach because they always have beautiful wives. However, since I... read on

  • Ancient Books, Modern Faith: Is Physical Proof Necessary for Believers?

    By Mark Paredes

    April 3, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.—John 20:29

    “It is a wicked and adulterous generation that seeketh after a sign. Show me Latter-day Saints who have to feed upon miracles, signs... read on

  • Theological Exclusivism: Is Heaven Only for Mormons?

    By Mark Paredes

    March 27, 2011 | 9:00 pm

    Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus [Outside the Church there is no salvation] . – St. Cyprian
    In the Jewish community, people who come up with good answers are widely admired, while those who ask good questions are even more respected. In my experience, those leaders who can do both... 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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