Jewish Journal

  • Why I won’t see The Book of Mormon

    By Mark Paredes

    September 9, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20, 2 Nephi 15:20 (Book of Mormon)

    AY! My name is Joseph Smith, and I’m going to f*** this baby! – verse from the... read on

  • The Abrahamic Covenant: Still Applicable Today?

    By Mark Paredes

    September 2, 2012 | 10:29 pm

    As the Jewish New Year begins later this month, I will join Jews in reflecting on beginnings. I was married earlier this year, and celebrate my birthday on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Since neither Rosh Hashanah nor my temple wedding would have been possible without the... read on

  • Rabbis for Obama? Of prophets, the Orthodox—and disingenuousness

    By Mark Paredes

    August 24, 2012 | 11:47 pm

    I was disappointed, but not surprised, to hear that hundreds of liberal rabbis nationwide have once again decided to publicly endorse Barack Obama for president. Over 613 “Rabbis for Obama” have signed up, twice the number of endorsers in 2008. Although I would love to see those... read on

  • Reuters, the Mormon Church, and money: Advice needed?

    By Mark Paredes

    August 16, 2012 | 1:29 am

    While walking with a group of rabbis on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, I noticed that one of them had a rather pensive look on his face. Hoping to resolve his concern, I asked him if everything was OK. After a brief hesitation, he admitted that he had trouble understanding how the... read on

  • Who’s the better Mormon, Mitt or Harry?

    By Mark Paredes

    August 14, 2012 | 1:06 am

    Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate will allow voters to compare and contrast Catholics on both sides of the political spectrum as the election approaches. Both Ryan and Vice-President Joe Biden are Catholics, though they hold very different views on many... read on

  • Viva Chick-fil-A!

    By Mark Paredes

    August 2, 2012 | 12:04 am

    As part of my personal campaign to oppose bigoted boycotts, I will be having lunch tomorrow at the Chick-fil-A in Hollywood. I couldn’t get there for today’s official “Chick fil-A Appreciation Day” declared by Mike Huckabee, but I suppose late is better than never when it’s... read on

  • Mitt, the Wailing Wall, and LDS support for Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    July 29, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    As I viewed the picture of Mitt Romney standing at the Wailing Wall during his current trip to Israel, I clearly remembered my first time at the wall. It was one of the spiritual highlights of my life. Like many Mormons who have traveled to the country, I feel like Israel is my... 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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