It must be stressed, before anything else, that almost all followers of almost all religions use their perception of religious morality to move themselves, others, their communities, and the whole world to more-ethical behavior. Any eye-catching trouble is mainly caused by small minorities. Especially, when we compare the numbers to hate groups.
However, it should be an important goal of all religious communities to control and stop violent exceptions by lone wolves in their congregations.
This is especially important when the temperature and emotions in young people flare-up. What starts as a fight against boredom can turn deadly.
Although many monotheistic religions could show more love and humility toward Jews, now, I want to focus not on that or large chronic problems of centuries but on less fundamental hitches, things that are less important than the injunction to arrogance or murder, that cause much harm.
But before listing three of them, let me stress that Islam and Christianity have done such an excellent job telling the whole world that there is one G^d, that Redemption is coming, led by a Redeemer, that the terrestrial and the extra-terrestrial are from the same Maker (and therefore answer to the same laws and are made of the same stuff), and that all people have one Heavenly Father Who loves us all. This was our task but you did most of it. We only need to cross a few Ts and dot a few Is. As for instance in:
Desecration of G^d’s Name
Jews learn that we must be most careful not to do anything that makes Jews look bad and as a result, diminishes any respect for G^d.
We learn that, even when we did nothing wrong, we still sinned big-time, when others see our (in)action and, as a result, like Jews or G^d less.
I want Muslims and Christians to learn this too. You could see certain things as great. But, you should not act like that if that would make people outside of your religion think less of you or G^d. Even if they are (in your view) wrong or ignorant.
I would like to make it even a positive commandment. That one should behave in such a way that it makes others respect you and G^d for it.
This latter point is important since the way making proselytes works today is: by making a good impression.
We Are All Responsible for Each Other
We Jews can’t just wash our hands of anything another Jew does. We are responsible to stop him, if we can, from doing evil.
Although Jewish collectivity goes very deep, I would like other religious groups to adopt this principle too. Silence is complicity.
When a coreligionist does something hurtful to others, we often can understand him. However, we cannot approve of it. We must speak out and condemn such behavior. That is not a betrayal of our fellow. Rather, it is a correction from which all of our congregation will profit.
Think in People, Not in Groups
Judaism doesn’t know collective guilt. Any innocent person is … innocent.
I want all Monotheists to treat well every person they meet. Not to find favor with that person but to find favor with their Heavenly Father. How can we hope to please Him when we trash His children?
I want everyone to go even further. When someone belongs to a group that is systematically discriminated against, I want us all to treat its members even better than average. This is clearly what G^d wants.
How do I know? Because the best under us think and act so.
Presently, Muslims celebrate Ramadan. That doesn’t just mean restricting eating and drinking and intensifying prayer. It also means, examining your deeds and be milder, friendlier, more patient, less angry, etc.
For the Muslim readers: Ramadan kareem! (Happy Ramadan!)