Jewish Journal

  • Borat, Ceausescu, a Holocaust Contest and 1918—Impressions from our Romanian Trip

    By Mark Paredes

    October 31, 2014 | 11:59 pm

    Our recent vacation in Romania to celebrate our daughter’s first birthday was spent observing the birth of eight piglets, chasing chickens around the yard, debating Ceausescu’s legacy, and spending lots of time with my wife’s family. In short, just what the doctor ordered for a... read on

  • Why “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” is a farce

    By Mark Paredes

    October 26, 2014 | 10:04 pm

    Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land. Wherefore, be subject to the powers that be, until he reigns whose right it is to reign, and subdues all enemies under his feet. – Doctrine and Covenants 58:21-22

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  • Why does a Jewish atheist bash Mormon marriage? Ask Bill Handel

    By Mark Paredes

    October 15, 2014 | 1:40 am

    Tonight I was looking forward to blogging on our just-completed family trip to Romania, but my plans were preempted by Bill Handel, the LA-based radio talk show host. Handel is a Jewish atheist (which makes him less than fully Jewish in my eyes) who discusses religion frequently on... read on

  • When is Santa Monica, CA like Jackson, MS?

    By Mark Paredes

    September 28, 2014 | 1:44 am

    While my Jewish friends were ringing in the new year 5775 this week, it was disturbing to see anti-Jewish bigotry from the year 1775 on display in the South. A pulpit rabbi who had previously served in Southern California was thrown out of a restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi... read on

  • Why I have not yet vaccinated my daughter

    By Mark Paredes

    September 19, 2014 | 1:33 am

    It looks like The Atlantic is the latest media outlet to bash parents who choose not to follow the most aggressive vaccine regimen in the world. My wife and I have chosen not to vaccinate our 11-month-old daughter, though we may change our minds when she heads off to school. We... read on

  • Texting during worship services? How rabbis inspired my new policy

    By Mark Paredes

    September 6, 2014 | 12:35 am

    A presentation that I made last week to my congregation was inspired by a common practice in many synagogues that I have visited. The most sacred Mormon meeting is the sacrament meeting, held once a week on Sundays. The 70-minute meeting features three hymns, an opening and closing... read on

  • Why Mormons can’t be anti-Zionists

    By Mark Paredes

    August 25, 2014 | 12:10 am

    After reading Ray Filar’s inane, vapid essay on why she is an “anti-Zionist Jew,” I googled the phrase “anti-Zionist Mormon” to see whether one of my coreligionists had published a similar piece. Although there are slightly more Mormons than Jews in the world, I was pleased –... read on

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