How are Jews identified?

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You cannot tell that someone is a Jew just by looking at them unless they choose to wear distinctive clothing.

One group of Orthodox Jews, the Haredim, wear distinctive clothes. The men often wear long black coats, broad brimmed black hats and have ringletted sidecurls. Haredim are not the only kind of Orthodox Jews who wear a head covering all the time.

Other Orthodox Jews, whose clothes are similar to most other people’s, will cover their heads with a small cap, called a kippah or yarmulke. This can be of any colour or design.

Orthodox Jews believe that it is important to keep up Jewish practice even if it does not fit with the customs of the time. Other Jews, Reform and Liberal, for example, are more ready to blend their Jewish lives with the common practices of the day in the society in which they live.