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Tattoos for Jews?
Salomon Says

Tattoos for Jews?

Isn't there a better way?

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Published: July 19, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 63

(63) Alan G., January 3, 2012 2:28 PM

Tattoos

I've always wanted a tattoo. I was proud of my military service and what better way to show it? However, I didn't go through with it because my religon is much more important than my personal needs.

(62) G, February 14, 2011 11:51 PM

ZACHOR TATTOO

My earliest memories of tattoos were also those on the arms of people from shul, survivors of the camps. I grew up orthodox with the concept that a tattoo would deprive you of even being buried in a Jewish cemetery. I was active in Jewish causes even volunteered in 73. Some time ago I read a book about some one who tattooed their relatives concentration camp number on themselves so the world would not forget. I remember trying to find a significant made up number of one of those who had lead one of the many uprisings. Some time later after realizing that the prohibition against tattoos was in line with shatnes I decided to go ahead with my personal tribute and have Zachor in Hebrew on my right shoulder.

(61) Tzipa, January 5, 2011 3:34 AM

Judgement is sin.

How dare any Torah observant Jew pass judgment on another for actions which have nothing to do with them and do not affect them in any way? If you are bothered by seeing a tattoo perhaps you should do some work on yourself. Be cautious with the things you say- passing judgment on a tattoo could make a person decide not return to their faith or affiliate with a religious community. Yes, marking ones body is prohibited however once one has a tattoo there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Making one feel ashamed for such a personal thing is absolutely wrong. Seeing people with tattoos in a religious community should make ffb's and bt's feel extremely happy that so many people have returned to Judaism.

(60) GMC(SW/SCW)Peter M Michelson, October 20, 2009 4:28 AM

One Question

I have reed all the replies. I am an observate Jew, Keep 100% Kosher even on deployments. If you are so against tattoos what about freckles? Those of use that are fair skin with red hair have millions of them. I know I do. So what do the freckles represent in relationship to having color under the skin? I do look forward to your replies.

(59) Anonymous, December 25, 2008 4:58 AM

he's right, but

Rabbi Salomon is absolutely right, of course, Jewish law clearly forbids tatooing, and there are better ways to connect spiritually. However, I respectfully suggest that some thought be given to his speaking manner, which I find to be rather acerbic, especially for a kiruv site. If I were a non-observant Jew with a tatoo, I expect his tone would put me on the defensive. All that's missing is the wagging finger.

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