RE BRYAN M. Kilpatrick's letter on the Bible and homosexuality:

What compels me to write has nothing to do with your deeply held beliefs on what the Bible has to say about homosexuality. But for someone who professes to embrace the spirit of the law, as distinguished from its letter, there is a decided self-righteousness and mean-spiritedness to your approach.

While Judaism and Christianity do share many of the books of the Bible, the New Testament is canonized only by Christianity, but even Protestants and Catholics do not regard all of the same books as canon.

It is also important to appreciate that Christianity and Judaism often interpret identical passages of Scripture very differently and in a manner that advances their own theologies. Whether any interpretation is correct is God's province, not ours. We are all products of what our traditions teach. I don't believe anyone has a monopoly on truth.

I'm hopeful that we can agree on at least one thing, and that is the importance of the divine proclamation, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." Unless people of all faiths embrace and implement this prime directive, our work on earth is likely to fall short of God's expectations.

David M. Seltzer, Jenkintown