Jewish Journal

  • When counting Mormons is as difficult as counting Jews

    By Mark Paredes

    February 3, 2014 | 12:00 am

    Since today is Super Bowl Sunday , I had plenty of time to blog after church (never seen a game, never will). This week is when Mormon bishops worldwide have to send a report to Church headquarters that declares the tithing status of each member of their wards (congregations) for... read on

  • A rabbi’s visit to a Mormon temple

    By Mark Paredes

    January 28, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    Many thanks to my friend Eric Ringger, the smartest Computer Science professor at BYU, for sending me this inspiring account by a rabbi of his recent visit to the open house for the Mormon temple in Gilbert, Arizona. Before LDS temples are dedicated, the public is allowed to tour... read on

  • Polish Anti-Semitism and Mark’s Law of Anti-Israelite Hatred

    By Mark Paredes

    January 21, 2014 | 12:18 am

    Like many of my Jewish friends who care about religion in Eastern Europe, I was disappointed to read in a recent survey that more than 6 in 10 Poles continue to believe in a Jewish conspiracy to control banking and the media. Disappointed, but not surprised.

    I recall hiring a... read on

  • BYU and the ASA’s Israel boycott

    By Mark Paredes

    January 4, 2014 | 12:05 am

    Several readers and a prominent young Jewish journalist wrote me over the holidays to ask why Brigham Young University, a member of the American Studies Association (ASA), has not joined over 100 universities in denouncing the ASA’s recent vote to support an academic boycott of... read on

  • Duck Dynasty, Piers Morgan, and real Catholicism

    By Mark Paredes

    December 24, 2013 | 10:07 pm

    Thanks to all who contacted me following my most recent post on the legalization of gay marriage in Utah by one federal judge, a decision with which most of the state’s residents are likely to disagree. Another person who probably isn’t toasting the Utah ruling is Phil Robertson,... read on

  • Gay marriage in Utah? Say it ain’t so

    By Mark Paredes

    December 20, 2013 | 10:59 pm

    The Church has been consistent in its support of traditional marriage while teaching that all people should be treated with respect ... We continue to believe that voters in Utah did the right thing by providing clear direction in the state constitution that marriage should be... read on

  • Two ways to become a Jewish convert? Why “Jewish Cultural Affirmation” is a bad idea

    By Mark Paredes

    December 3, 2013 | 12:19 am

    In my ward (congregation) there is a man who has come to church every Sunday for years with his wife and adult children. He and his family regularly invite missionaries and church members to his home to enjoy food from his native country, he attends church social events, and he is... read on

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

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