Affirming the Dignity of All: An Interfaith Litany Based on the Declaration of Human Rights

Rabbi Joe Blair

 

Friends,

Today (December 10th, 2008) is the 60th anniversary of the signing of the U.N.’s Declaration on Human Rights.  

A colleague and classmate from rabbinical school has produced the following litany which can be read in commemoration of that event.  I thought it worth sharing with you. My appreciation to Rabbi Joshua Lesser for permitting me to share this. 

 Rabbi Joe

Affirming the Dignity of All: An Interfaith Litany based on the Declaration of Human Rights

inspired by the DHR in its many forms by Rabbi Joshua Lesser

When we are born, we are free.  Each of us is worthy to be treated in the same manner. We must have conscience and act towards one another with mutual concern.

As People of Faith, we affirm the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Though we are from different countries, we share the same rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, skin color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, social origin, property, birth or other status.

As People of Faith, we affirm the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

All people have the right to live, to enjoy freedom, to rely upon safety.  Slavery in all forms is an affront to these rights as is the practice of torture.

As People of Faith, we affirm the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law, to be legally protected in the same way everywhere, and like everyone else. No one has the right to be imprisoned, accused falsely or to be sent from their country unjustly. Everyone is entitled to a fair trial while being considered innocent until proven guilty.

As People of Faith, we affirm the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

All people are deserving of protection in the face of harm.  No one should be subjected to arbitrary interference to privacy, family, or correspondence, nor to attacks upon honor and reputation.  If these things occur, all people have the right to protection from the law.

As People of Faith, we affirm the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Everyone has the right to come and go as we wish. The right to asylum,

 a nationality, and the freedom to change nationality is everyone's right.

As People of Faith, we affirm the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

People of legal age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to establish a family. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, regardless of how they were born, deserve the same social protection.

As People of Faith, we affirm the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

The right to own property  to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, opinion and expressionis everyone's right.  All people have the rightto freedom of peaceful assembly and associationand are entitled to participate in governmentand in free elections.

As People of Faith, we affirm the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Each of us has the right to work, to be free to choose our work, and to get a salary which allows us to support our family. If a man and a woman do the same work, they should get the same pay. All people who work have the right to join together to defend their interests.

As People of Faith, we affirm the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Everyone has the right to go to school and receive an education and parents have the prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

As People of Faith, we recognize the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Everyone has the right to participate in the cultural life of their society, to enjoy the arts and to appreciate the scientific advancement and its benefits. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from scientific, literary or artistic creation of which he or she is the originator.

As People of Faith, we affirm the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

We have obligations towards the community within which each of us can only fully develop. The law should guarantee human rights. It should allow everyone to respect others and to be respected.

As People of Faith, we affirm the dignity, the equality and the rights of all members of the human family. Our Oneness is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world