That is true, ”God” in “His” multiple images is the reason for Jews to be highly respected and horribly hated
The anti-Semitism is rising these days, and we must fight it better – that is what we read these days in the news media. We ask for money to fight the anti-Semitism, we denounce it in the news media, we create new laws against anti-Semitism … but anti-Semitism does not want to decease. Why?
To understand this – why the high respect for us the Jews exists together with the horrible hate – we should recall how one group of the humans became the Jews.
There were no Jews when the humans were created by some Superpower called God
Scientists, priests, philosophers, atheists, ordinary people, all believe in the existence of the All-Mighty Superpower whom we call God who created our world, and the humans in this world. The images of this God are numerous from something like an easily recognized human-like all-mighty person to an impossible to imagine “black holes.”
God the Creator of everything in our world also created the humans, grouped in numerous human tribes, and among those human tribes the Jewish one did not exist.
What existed was the God’s Laws for human living, and the human tribes were trying to understand those laws and follow them – that was the era of paganism.
At the beginning, the pagans of all human tribes tried to understand the God’s laws in their unique tribal ways
At the beginning, the pagans of all human tribes tried to understand the God’s laws intuitively believing that not they the humans create the laws of behavior but there are the God’s laws that should be understood and followed.
And they were right. The future history showed that the humans suffer, and suffer enormously, when they try to substitute the God’s Laws by their own. The Western civilization and the Jewish nation followed the God’s Laws, and they prosper while the Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China who lived by the human-dictators’ laws suffered enormously.
One human tribe was advancing its understanding of the God’s Laws in a much better way, and this tribe became the Jewish nation
Some of the tribes were advancing the human life with much better understanding of the God’s guidance, and some were not. Among them, one tribe was distinguished for much better understanding of the God’s Laws, and that was the tribe which would in the future be called the Jewish nation.
The contemporary science distinguishes various tribes, which nowadays are called nations or ethnical groups, by unique for each tribe genetic composition.
The following are the well-known facts of how this tribe was advancing its understanding of the God’s Laws
At the Jewish beginning with Abraham, Moses, Torah, and individual Jews
About 15th century BC: Abraham of the Jewish tribe had begun receiving the God’s guidance verbally (the Torah/Bible story of Abraham and Isaac).
About 13th century BC: Moses of the Jewish tribe had begun receiving the God’s guidance in writing (the Torah/Bible story of Mount Sinai and the Tablets).
Between 13th and 1st century BC: Individual Jews of the Jewish tribe were learning how to live by God’s guidance (the history of Jews).
About 1st century BC: Jewish Joshua (future Jesus Christ) had begun helping the non-Jews live by the God’s guidance (the beginning of Christianity).
Key elements of the God’s guidance that the Jewish tribe was able to understand at the Jewish beginning that other tribes were not able
The human tribes were fighting and killing each other for obtaining more territories and wealth … as they believed their gods were guiding them.
The Jewish tribe changed the “fighting” into the “competing” with the very meaning of competing as competing for better understanding of the One God guidance aimed at advancing each other through the competition – not through killing and stealing the wealth.
The Ten Commandments were promoted as the God’s guidance for peaceful competitive coexistence for all tribes Jewish and non-Jewish that should be tailored to individual life circumstances – in the image and likeness of God.
Various individuals may encounter different life challenges that requires different – individual – tailoring/customizing of the God’s guidance. Some of this customizing could be found in the Tanakh – the Torah plus the sayings of the Prophets.
The Jewish tribe was selected by God (or decided to do it on its own) to help the others to live by the God’s guidance because the Jewish-tribe genetics was better suited for this task. The selection of Jewish tribe for this task does not denigrate the non-Jewish tribes – they might be suited better for other tasks.
After the Jewish beginning, the Jewish Exile with Talmud, rabbis, synagogues, yeshivas, Torah studies
About two thousand years ago the Exile changed everything. The Jewish nation was split and spread all around the world.
The Talmud was written that provided the Jews in spiritually different countries of the Exile with unified human-made rules extracted from various Torah stories.
In the absence of the Jerusalem Temple and the High Priest, the local rabbis had become the judges on the Torah’s guidance that transformed the synagogue Jews from the spiritual individuals to the spiritual flock.
Cheders/yeshivas with Torah studies helped the Jews get more individuality but limited by the “kosher discussion borders” of their rabbis.
How the Jewish understanding and promoting of the God’s Laws helped advancing the entire world
The Jews laid down the foundation of spiritual human advancement
This foundation is the Ten Commandments and its derivatives, and the Torah/Bible guidance on how to tailor and use them for the individual life circumstances, that created the Judeo-Christian identity of many nations of our world.
The Jews laid down the foundation of material human advancement
This foundation is the numerous scientific discoveries and technical/economic developments that let other nations significantly improve the wellbeing of their citizens.
The Jews laid down the foundation of Judeo-Christian civilization
We the Jews created the foundation of the victorious Judeo-Christian Western civilization where the God’s guided individual freedoms and responsibilities – “in the image and likeness of God” – are loved and secured where the social construct based on the individual freedoms and responsibilities created the best spiritual and material wellbeing for its residents.
And that is why the Jews are the prime object of respect.
The Jews laid down the foundation of anti-Semitism
We the Jews made the people who hate the individual freedoms and responsibilities and love to live by the rules created for them by the “kings” – in the image and likeness of their god-like human kings – despise us. They despise us because we are forcing them to be responsible for their own actions and to blame themselves for their misfortunes while they prefer to follow the king’s orders and to blame the king for their misfortunes.
And that is why the Jews are the prime object of hate.
How to fight and how not to fight anti-Semitism
# We must recognize that we the Jews, like everybody else, have the unique national identity that we cannot change, and the anti-Semitism is the unavoidable result of our national-identity actions.
# We must fight the anti-Semites not by punishing them legislatively or denouncing it in the news-media but rather by emphasizing – together with the Christians – the marvels of the Judeo-Christian civilization that brought the highest level of happiness for the anti-Semites and everybody else in the modern world.