Tattoo: Burial in Jewish Cemetery?

I have a tattoo from my younger days, which I now very much regret. I am debating whether to undergo laser removal surgery, and one of my considerations is whether the tattoo will prevent me from (eventually) being buried in a Jewish cemetery. Any thoughts?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

Although it is forbidden for a Jew to get a tattoo (see Leviticus 19:28), there is no truth to the idea that he is then unable to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Clearly, a Holocaust survivor with a number tattooed on his arm may be buried in a Jewish cemetery.

Whenever someone makes such a claim, ask them for a source. That usually ends the conversation.

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