Jewish Journal

  • Why Thinking Mormons (and Jews) Support Israel in Gaza

    By Mark Paredes

    July 28, 2014 | 12:45 am

    The Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza strip has caused my email inbox to fill up, most recently from an old Mormon friend who is a libertarian-leaning conservative. He is baffled as to why a few of his fellow LDS libertarians would have harsh things to say about Israel.

    As I have... read on

  • Jews and Mormons Meet for Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture in Los Angeles

    By Mark Paredes

    July 14, 2014 | 10:31 pm

    Parenting a 9-month-old girl doesn't leave my wife and me much time to attend Jewish events, but we knew we had to make it to the LDS Visitors Center in Los Angeles last month to hear BYU professor Donald Parry deliver yet another fascinating presentation on the Dead Sea Scrolls.... read on

  • Why was a Mormon feminist excommunicated?

    By Mark Paredes

    June 24, 2014 | 10:41 pm

    Excommunication is no longer a Jewish practice, though I could certainly come up with a few candidates if it were ever restored. It is, however, a last resort for Mormon leaders who are faced with public apostates in their congregations. Immediately after learning yesterday that... read on

  • Yair Rosenberg’s profile of me for Tablet magazine

    By Mark Paredes

    June 20, 2014 | 10:38 pm

    Yair Rosenberg has written an excellent profile of my interfaith work for Tablet, a daily online magazine of Jewish news. We met at a presentation I made on LDS-Jewish relations at Harvard, and I've continued to follow his successful career in journalism. It's an honor to know Yair, and I greatly appreciate his efforts to promote interfaith understanding. Shabbat shalom to all of my Jewish readers.


  • My First Father’s Day as a Dad

    By Mark Paredes

    June 15, 2014 | 10:50 pm

    I waited more than four decades to become a father, and today was my first Father’s Day as a parent. It was definitely the most meaningful holiday of my life. During today’s sacrament meeting – the main LDS worship service – I had four new fathers give short talks on what being a... read on

  • Shmuley Boteach’s missionary proposal: Good intentions, bad theology

    By Mark Paredes

    June 3, 2014 | 11:08 pm

    As someone who has repeatedly (and publicly) encouraged Jews to become active missionaries for their faith, I was very pleased to see the headline for Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s recent essay, “Jews Should Seek Converts,” on the Jewish Journal’s website. I immediately clicked on the... read on

  • The 6 Questions that Donald Sterling will be asked in the next life

    By Mark Paredes

    May 22, 2014 | 11:04 pm

    In 1965, LDS Church President David O. McKay made the following extraordinary statement to a group of church employees: “Let me assure you, Brethren, that some day you will have a personal priesthood interview with the Savior himself. If you are interested, I will tell you the... read on

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