The Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – A Rabbi’s Reflection

With the news of the debate about the Human Rights Act again after the election, I’m reposting a couple of old blog posts on the subject. Here’s the first one.

Prelude to Hope

This Saturday morning many synagogues, including The LJS, will take the opportunity to mark the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10th December). The Universal Declaration was established in the wake of the Holocaust (in 1948), one of the most devastating periods in the history of humanity. It therefore holds special significance for all Jews, and I suspect for that matter, all other minority groups who were murdered and suffered at the hands of the Nazis simply for being different. Anyone who mocks the importance of Human Rights and the legislation that enshrines those rights within the judicial system, is, in my opinion, suffering from an extremely short memory or has never understood what it means to be vulnerable to the whim of those who hold power and is therefore a fool.

It is, of course, fashionable to talk of responsibilities as being more important, or at…

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