From: Jason in Buffalo, NY
Why is there so much anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish sentiment in the world?
I will try to offer a logical explanation, although I personally believe there is a mystical reason as well.
Many different forms of Jew-hatred spring up from time to time. Several different reasons lie behind them. These include:
1) Jealousy towards us for having the original Bible
2) Anger at our continued resistance to being converted
3) Ideological clash
But why is it so prevalent in many parts of the world and in many cultures? Why are the Jews always the bad guys? Other nations and religions guilty of the same "crimes" are not victim to this hatred to the extent that we are.
To trace the roots of anti-Semitism we must journey back over 3,300 years to the revelation at Mount Sinai.
Before presenting the Torah to the Jews,
When the Jews accepted the Torah, the jealousy of the nations was aroused. "They now have an advantage that we neglected and we can never forgive them for it."
We have something that the other nations lack. We were chosen for the task to be
Nobody likes being told what to do, and the flag that we wave flaps irritatingly in their faces. We represent a threat to them, an irritating reminder that maybe they should be striving for higher things.
This hatred frequently lies dormant in the subconscious, flaring up when an excuse can be found. Often it's intensified at times when we enjoy material success. The Jew in the Mercedes "runs them down"! Not only do we have the audacity to advocate a Torah; we also have the chutzpah to live luxurious lives.
The State of Israel especially is a thorn in the side of many of our enemies. From the brink of annihilation in the Holocaust we have risen to become a modern, relatively wealthy nation with a powerful military.
The paupers from the shtetl are now high-tech tycoons.
Is anti-Semitism only a bad thing? Strange as it may sound, it may also be the best thing that the non-Jew has ever bequeathed us with! Should it happen that we begin to neglect our responsibilities as Jews,
Nowadays, too, the problems that are rapidly escalating are a signal from