Re "Marriage is not religious" (Letters, April 1): Letter writer Elizabeth Rowell said the institution of marriage was never religious. This was true about pagans and early Christian Europe, but was never true about Judaism, which always treated marriage as a sacred religious union.
Judaism believes that marriage is the moralization of passion, love translated into a covenant of mutual responsibility through which, by sharing our vulnerabilities, we redeem our solitude and discover strength. This was true with Abraham and Sarah even before God gave the Torah.
-- Michael Mendershausen, El Dorado Hills