While the letter writer's comment is accurate that intermarriage is not well accepted by a majority of Jews ["Intermarriage column response not typical," Jan. 20], it also reveals a deeper problem: Why has Orthodox Judaism lost so many adherents to the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist branches?

Once you agree to follow a more lenient and accepting form of any religion, you are going to meet and attract those who are not necessarily of your original faith.

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And at that juncture, you either have to proclaim the hypocrisy of your brand of religion and return to the stricter and older version, or stand firm in your beliefs and extend open arms to all.

I am formerly Orthodox and now Reform.

Joe Hoenig, East Meadow