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Do I have to remove my tattoos in order to become Jewish?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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No, there is no obligation to have it removed (although many people do choose to remove it via laser treatment). The Biblical prohibition consists of actually tattooing the skin, not maintaining a previously existing tattoo.

If the tattoo is a symbol of another religion, or vulgar and unbecoming of an observant Jew, the converting Rabbinical Court will probably request of you to remove it.

Also read about Why should I choose an Orthodox conversion?


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