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In declaration of independence terms, "Inalienable right" means one that the human law cannot restrict (as in it would be wrong for it to do so) and "pursuit of happiness" means the feeling of self-worth one gets from contribution to community. So putting those in Halachic terms, an "Inalienable right" would be something that Dina DeMalchusa could not ...
It is not a right, but a commandment. תַּחַת אֲשֶׁר לֹא עָבַדְתָּ אֶת ה' אֱלֹקֶיךָ בְּשִׂמְחָה וּבְטוּב לֵבָב. ~ Devarim 28, 47 And this makes perfect sense. Like Aristotle writes on his ethics, a deed without happiness, lacks of meaning, because you are no doing it for the sake of the deed itself, and for the refinement that it's supposed to ...
In Mishlei 3:27 we have אַל־תִּמְנַע־ט֥וֹב מִבְּעָלָ֑יו בִּהְי֨וֹת לְאֵ֖ל (ידיך) [יָדְךָ֣] לַעֲשֽׂוֹת׃ Do not withhold good from its owner while it is within your means. The rights are about not interfering, they aren't (or weren't meant to be) about entitlement. I think אל תמנע applies well.
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