The late Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum (1925–1992) was an internationally renowned human rights and social justice activist who is best known for building bridges with other faith communities to advance mutual understanding and cooperation and to eliminate entrenched stereotypes, particularly those rooted in religious teachings. He was a vigorous advocate during the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965) on behalf of what eventually emerged as Nostra Aetate, a landmark document which overturned a long tradition of hostility toward Jews and Judaism—including the charge that the Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus—and affirmed the Jewish roots of Christianity. Nostra Aetate established a new policy of outreach in dialogue to Jews and set Catholic-Jewish relations on a new course.
In addition, Rabbi Tanenbaum was dubbed "the human rights rabbi" for his work on behalf of Vietnamese "boat people" and Cambodian refugees. He also helped organize humanitarian relief for victims of the Nigerian-Biafran conflict.
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“Imagination has seized power.
[Limagination prend le pouvoir.]”
—Graffito. Paris 68, ch. 2, Marc Rohan (1988)