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Is it permitted to write on one’s body if it’s not permanent?

by Rabbi Moshe Miller

  

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The Torah only prohibits writing which is permanently tattooed into the skin,1 but does not forbid writing on the flesh if it can be erased.2


However, there are those who contend that this is Rabbinically forbidden -- so it's better not to write phone numbers on your hand, and stay away from the fake tattoo booth in the amusement park. It anyway doesn’t look elegant. And hey, don’t you use a palm pilot?

Stay away from the fake tattoo booth in the amusement park...

Footnotes

  • 1. Leviticus 19:28.
  • 2. Talmud Makkot 21a.

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