Jewish Law as a source of antisemitism
The component of Judaism that concretized the Jewish challenge is Jewish law, which puts our beliefs into action.
Purpose of the law/Halacha is to have the Jew express his affirmation of God and denial of other gods in his daily actions. The Torah laws deal with public affirmation of God’s existence. 51 of its commandments legislate the denial of other gods.
It is not enough for a Jew to acknowledge monotheism privately. We are required to express it in public. Rambam stated that Jews are duty bound to proclaim this true religion to the world, undeterred by fear of injury from any source.
But Halacha legislates much more. Every aspect of jewish life is legislated. As I have previously posted, this ensures that the our different ethical values are always put into practice, just as the laws regarding monotheism ensured that we put our belief in God into action.
Kashrut (dietary) and Sabbath laws illustrate how we declare our distinctiveness and separation.
However, while our way of life differentiates ourselves from the rest of the world, we do not physically remove ourselves from society, like the Amish for example. We immerse ourselves in society while maintaining our own way of life. Because we have lived among non-jews and often prospered while maintaining separate beliefs and practices, we’ve “provoked” anti-semitism.