WASHINGTON — True religious liberty does not require religious individuals to minimize differences in the tenets of their faith, said Jewish Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.
Instead, he maintained, religious freedom demands that people of faith live “both as stranger and neighbor” within society.
“We do not need to deny our differences to achieve a covenant,” he emphasized.
Quoting Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of Great Britain, he explained that “utopias have no room for differences, and difference is what makes us human.”
Rabbi Soloveichik is a professor at Yeshiva College in New York, known for his writings on the relationship between Judaism, Christianity and society.