Judaism and human rights (The B'nai B'rith Jewish heritage classics)

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contemporary scholars, deals with the place of various human rights in classical Jewish thought. Among the authors represented are William A. lrwin, Lord Acton, Samuel Belkin, Milton Konvitz, and Moses Mendelssohn. Though there are no words or phrases in Hebrew Scriptures for "human rights," "conscience," or "due process of law," the ideals and values which these concepts represent were inherent in the earliest Jewish texts.-The book begins with four essays on the concept of man's being born "free and equal," in the image of God. The underpinning of this concept in Jewish law ls"explored in the ' second section. Section Three, "The Democratic Ideal," traces the foundations of democracy in the Jewish teachings in the Bible and the Talmud, which in turn influenced the whole body of Western A political thought. Relations between man and man, man and woman, employer and employee, slave and master, et cetera, are all spelled out. Section Four presents essays analyzing man's freedom of conscience, and his God-given rights to dissent and protest.

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