In the court of public impression and presentation I find these two religions interesting in their comparisons and contrasts. In many ways they are much alike. The primary ways in which they are different is the manner in which they express themselves to the public.
Muslims and Jews both have dietary restrictions as per their religions. Neither eats pork or pork products. Both require items that are prepared in a particular manner. One is halal and the other is kosher. Neither celebrates Christmas nor traditionally see Jesus Christ as the Savior of mankind. Both have a sacred scripture where one as the Koran and the Torah. These are just some of the most cursorily similarities in their religions. Both believe they are correct in their interpretation of the Holy Writ and are following the instructions of God or Allah.
What I find most different is the manner in which they address their particular aspects of their faiths. Recently there are events in the news where the Muslims are demanding that food banks have halal produced foods. Particular restaurants that serve pork or pork products have come under extreme fire by the Muslims to change or remove those offensive items from their menus. On the other side of the issue I find that if the Jews do not find what meets the dietary requirements of their religion instead of demanding that others change to please them they make those items available to the members of their communities themselves. They seem more determined to be self-sufficient to their unique aspects rather than to demand that outsiders supply for their needs and demands. Restaurants that serve items found offensive to the Jew simply are not purchased nor consumed. The restaurant is left alone permitting it to operate as an independent business as the owner desires.
Another point of difference between the Muslim and the Jew is how they approach the public schools. The Muslim communities have been demanding that the public school cease to celebrate Christmas in that it offense the Muslim and is contrary to their beliefs. Contrarily the Jew has found that they simply do not have to take part in things they find in contradiction to their beliefs while permitting those who believe in Christmas to continue to enjoy their season. I have yet to read about Jews throwing rocks at Christians as they are leaving a church service. I have yet to read about Jews killing people because they spoke negatively against the Torah. I have yet to see Jews behead anyone because they refuse to turn to Judaism. What I find is a great deal of demanding done by the Muslims while I see a great deal of tolerance by the Jews. The Muslims claim they are a religion of peace. Likewise, according to many teachings by the Muslims the Jews do not have a reason to exist and needs to be removed from the face of the earth. What I see verses what is said, the Muslims appear to be the religion of war and conflict while the Jew seems to be the religion of peace and tolerance.
If the Muslim does not like this impression or opinion of their faith then they need to start being active in portraying it in a different manner. If they do not want to be seen as the religion or war and conflict then they must step out from among the chaos and speak out against those who wish to insult Islam by their actions. It is not the ‘infidel’ that insults Islam. It is those within Islam which insults Islam. It is those who claim to be part of the religion of peace yet keep demanding that everyone stop their way of life and bow to what they want and need. It is those who demand that their way becomes the ways of all instead of allowing the same freedom of religion which they demand. If the Muslims want to be half the religion of peace that the Jews have presented themselves as being through the years they need to start speaking out against the hatred and killing which is being done in the name of their Allah and start emulating peace and tolerance for others.