The Torah of Human Rights

But where are the ancient roots of universal human rights? I will argue that this revolutionary principle is first articulated in the Torah: “And God created the human in the Divine image; male and female God created them.” (Genesis 1:27) Therefore, every single human being, regardless of ethnicity or station, bears the imprint of Divinity (or more simply put, is a child of God) and cannot be considered of lesser value than any other human being. This principle becomes enshrined in Judaism. We will study how Judaism develops this concept from antiquity to the present.

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