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Are tattoos permitted under any circumstances?


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Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...

tattoos: Hello how are you?

Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: thanks G-d & U?

tattoos: very well thank you..

tattoos: I have a question about tatooing and keeping promises

tattoos: my problem...

tattoos: so my sister is my best friend in the world and i cant live without her..

Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: wonderful

tattoos: we made a promise to eachother that we would do something eternally bonding on her 18th birthday and that is coming soon...a sister tattoo..

tattoos: well, i have been over the course of a yr or so been becoming more observent...

Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: I c

Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: as a rule we are not bound my oaths that violate a Biblical law

tattoos: i think tattoos are beautiful if they have lots of thought and care..which we have thought a lot about...i was told that the Torah says if its not for mutilation then its accepted

Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: thats is simply UNTRUE

tattoos: oh...

Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: all permanent tatoos are prohibited

tattoos: why are they so taboo?

Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: becuase our bodies belong to G-d

Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: and we are not free to graffiti

Rabbi Yakov Latowicz: :)

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Posted by: Ezequiel on May 02, 2006

but what happen when i already have one (..or more)?

Editor's Comment

There is no obligation to remove them. However, if they make you uncomfortable, and/or remind you of a time in your life you'd rather put behind you, you certainly might want to consider having them removed.


Mitzvot » Prohibitions

Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.