Do I Look Jewish?

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I've known many Jewish people.  I never would have known they were Jewish if they had not told me.  The "stereotypical" Jewish look is nonesense, if you are basing it on physical appearance.  Were you to dress as an orthodox Jew does, then, yes, you would look like a Jew.  But I don't think your nose size has anything to do with it.  That's hooey.

I'm curious, since I have your attention: Do you practice Judaism?  You see, I know of a girl who says she is a Jewish atheist.  That seems like a contradiction to me.  Is being Jewish simply determined by ancestry?  For instance, I'm part German, but I don't necessarily do anything "German".  I have some stereotypically German personality traits, but being German doesn't involve any particular religious beliefs.  The blood of my German ancestors runs in my veins, thus making me German.

Do you consider that being a Jew is determined only by bloodlines and not by faith?  Or does being Jewish apply to both concepts?  I am a gentile, but if I were to convert to Judaism, could I introduce myself as being a Jew?  I have great respect for the Jewish people, so I find this discussion personally very intriguing.
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Well Judaism is sort of complicated in that matter. Because I'm only half Jewish, you see. You CAN just be born into the religion, as your friend the "Jewish atheist" most likely was. If you have a Jewish mother than no matter what you will always be seen as Jewish. Whereus if your father is Jewish and your mother is not than you will not be "Jewish" unless you convert. Yes, its very strange that way...My mum is Jewish although she didn't teach me much about the religion so no, i don't practice it
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Sorry i couldn't be of much help... A converted Jew would probably be more Jewish than me and know more about the religion than me, although since i was born to a Jewish mother I'll always be seen as a Jew no matter how little I know about Judaism...
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All Jews do not 'look Jewish', but it is my experience that when I think someone IS Jewish based on their looks, I am correct about 70% of the time, and yet Jews are only 2% of the U.S. Population. That doesn't say anything positive or negative about Jews, so it should not be a bad thing that some Jews 'look Jewish'. But, apparently it IS!
Yet, it's not a bad thing if Irish people 'look Irish', or Armenians 'look Armenian', is it?

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Yes and no you look like a Jew. It should not be looked as a bad thing but the true exotic culture something that is beautiful and special unlike the centuries of stereotypes. My father is Jewish but my mother is not so unless I convert I am not a Jew. But to be honest with you when I am with other white Americans I feel different I don't feel like them either. I know there is something different with me. I think if I went to Israel I would fit in because their is all different types of Jews living together creating their own culture. I wish Jews would accept me as a Jew I look like a Jew my name is Jewish but I am a Catholic Jew.
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Seems to me that being Jewish is based on ancestry. That is why someone is Jewish if their mother is. I guess this doesn't always work with the father because it's hard to be sure that the supposed father is the real one. Maybe I'm wrong. I wonder if now, with genetic testing, even someone Jewish on their father's side could be considered a full fledged Jew. All that being said, a convert is Jewish. Judaism is not only about physical ancestry. In many ways it is about spiritual ancestry. Therefore, a person who converts to Judaism is seen as a spiritual descendant of Abraham. They are Jewish in soul which is ultimately more durable and lasting then blood.
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Usually when people think of what a Jew 'looks' like, they are really thinking of what an Ashkenazi Jew looks like.
Remember that there are plenty of Jews out there that don't fir the larger nose, facial features, etc.
There are black , white, asian Jews. Some have families that have been Jewish for centuries. Others have converted. Some from mixed families, etc.
Every stereotype is based out of some truth, but only about 4 or 5 in 10 of the people who I go to temple with would be 'jewish' looking in my books.
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People say I look Jewish. Brown hair, brown eyes, tan skin, nose, haha. Nose.

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I am of Italian and Latin American descent. I don't mind but for some reason a lot of people always ask me if I'm Jewish.  Pardon my ignorance but what does looking Jewish mean?
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SARAH TELFORD answered
I'm jewish too! Want to be my friend? Have you had your bat mitzvah yet? I'm studying for mine! Hebrew is hard! I'm going to a jewish summer camp this year too!

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