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I am afraid it is Martin Stern who has mis­un­der­stood the tal­mu­dic ref­er­ence ( Let­ters, Septem­ber 25). Since it was mor­tally danger­ous in tal­mu­dic times to at­tempt to con­vert, so much the more rea­son in those times to have a “cool­ing-off pe­riod”. It made sense. But no, ha­lachah is very clear.

As far as con­vert­ing for the rea­sons of mar­ry­ing a Jewish part­ner, why not? I do not in any sense con­done mar­ry­ing out but, apart from the prac­ti­cal fact that we need to in­tro­duce fresh genes, it is bet­ter to try to gain a Jew than to lose one.

Fi­nally, the de­mand for a lengthy process in or­der for the prospec­tive con­vert to “prove” him­self is sim­ply not ha­lachic. I sug­gest Mr Stern rereads the tal­mu­dic ref­er­ence. David Kanareck Rus­sell Grove Lon­don NW7 3QU

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