Warns against ‘watering down’

Warns against ‘watering down’

I must respond to the Nov. 14 article by Adam Bronfman and Kerry M. Olitzky. Instead of saving Judaism as their child, they would destroy it by defining Jewish identity out of existence.

To encourage the intermarried couples to come into the Jewish community is laudable. Before that can be done, there must be a unified commitment to Judaism as the family faith. Otherwise you will have a dual commitment that will have the effect of watering down. One could go to a seder or a Shabbat dinner the same way one goes to a St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

As a community, we have the right to demand undivided commitment to Judaism. If a couple cannot make that commitment, let them go elsewhere for a religious experience. There will also be a core Jewish community to build from.