“Rights are things we claim. Duties are things we perform. Duties, in other words, are rights translated from the passive to the active mode. ”
“Rights are noble things, essential to human dignity, but without the widespread diffusion of responsibility they are undeliverable. ”
“One of Judaism’s most distinctive and challenging ideas is its ethics of responsibility, the idea that God invites us to become, in the rabbinic phrase, his ‘partners in the world of creation’. The God who created the world in love calls on us to create in love. The God who gave us the gift of freedom asks us to use it to honour and enhance the freedom of others. ”