The Torah of Human Rights

pillar7-society-universal-declaration-of-human-rights.jpgSince today is International Human Rights Day – the 59th anniversary of the UN’s adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – I’m encouraging a little text study. Check out “Masechet Zechuyot Ha’Adam” a great study resource recently published by Rabbis for Human Rights – North America that matches elements of the Declaration with classical Jewish sources.

To be sure, those who complied the Declaration admitted that it was profoundly influenced by the values of a variety of Western and Eastern religious faiths. It might well be regarded as one of the most important “sacred texts” of our time – a spiritual statement of purpose one that demands to be studied, reflected upon and integrated into our lives and collective consciousness.

So happy studying – and may this anniversary inspire us all to honor the divine image inherent in all humankind…

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