“It is in our difference that we are most Divine, and by respecting our differences we do most to bring God into the world.”
“When difference leads to war, both sides lose. When it leads to mutual enrichment, both sides gain.”
“Our very dignity as persons is rooted in the fact that none of us – not even genetically identical twins – is exactly like any other.”
“The very fact that we are different means that what I lack, someone else has, and what someone else lacks, I have.”
“The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognise Gods image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith, ideals are difference from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image instead of allowing him to remake me in His.”
“To love God is to recognize His image in a human face, especially one whose creed, colour or culture is different from ours.”
“I write as one who believes in the dignity of difference. If we were all the same, we would have nothing unique to contribute, nor anything to learn from others. The more diverse we are, the richer our culture becomes, and the more expansive our horizons of possibility. But that depends on our willingness to bring our differences as gifts to the common good. It requires integration rather than segregation, and that in turn means that we must have a rich and compelling sense of the common good. Without it, we will find that difference spells discord and creates, not music, but noise. ”
“What makes us different is what we are; what unites us is what we do.”
“Judaisms great contribution to humanity [has been] to show that one can be other, and still human, still a loyal and active citizen, still make contributions to every field of human endeavour, still be loved by God and held precious in his sight.”
“The only adequate response to the fear and hatred of difference is to honour the dignity of difference. That is the Jewish message to the world.”