"There is nothing inevitable or divinely willed about social and economic inequality. [Our faith] rejects the almost universal belief in antiquity...that hierarchy and divisions of class are written into the structure of society. What human beings have created, human beings can rectify.
"Greatness, even for God, certainly for us, is not to be above people but to be with them, hearing their silent cry, sharing their distress, bringing comfort to the distressed and dignity to the deprived.
"The message of the Hebrew Bible is that civilizations survive not by strength but by how they respond to the weak; not by wealth but by how they care for the poor; not by power but by their concern for the powerless. What renders a culture invulnerable is the compassion it shows to the vulnerable."
-- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in To Heal a Fractured World