* While there is an overlap in the dressing habits of Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews, the former tend to be less conservative in their dress, usually making their affiliation known by wearing a knitted kippah (skull cap worn by religious Jews). The Ultra-Orthodox, or Haredim as they are known in Israel, usually wear black hats and frock coats, and have side curls. While there are many sub-sects within both groups, the Haredim, as a rule, are a closed society. They do not serve in the army, and many Haredi men do not work, preferring instead to devote their lives to the study of Torah--they are supported by the state.

As the number of Haredim has grown, their political power has as well, causing great resentment among secular Israelis already bristling over having to support non-working and non-serving Haredi men. The Orthodox-secular divide is less strained, as the Orthodox community is more open and most Orthodox men serve in the army and work for a living.

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