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Jews Is It Absolutely Forbidden For Men To Get Tattoos

Will I absolutely be damned if I mark my body (Tattoo)?

Here you go, straight from the Rabbi's mouth (Rabbi Avi Richler): Here is what he told me on tattoos: There are 2 main reasons why having a tatto is forbidden. One is that our bodies do not belong to ourselves and therefore we cannot just deface them. The second reason is that having a tattoo is a form of idol worship, and we are not to participate in idol worship. --------------------------------------..... Here what he told me on piercing the ears or any other body part: Does the Torah prohibit body-piercing? The question is very complicated, for there are several prohibitions which piercing borders on. There is no connection between piercing and tattooing. The prohibition of tattooing is - primarily - inscribing oneself indelibly. The general answer is as follows: It is permitted for women to pierce themselves for (commonly accepted) beautification purposes. However, it is forbidden for a woman to pierce in concurrence with a fad or trend because we are commanded not to "follow the traditions [of the gentiles]". It is forbidden for men to pierce themselves since piercing is considered primarily a "woman's adornment." [Sources: Deuteronomy 22:5 and Leviticus 18:3. Also see Maimonides, Laws of Idolatry 11:1 and 12:10.] Hope that helps answer your question. P.S. You really cannot remove a tattoo, even if you get it lasered off, the white scar still remains and you can see what the tattoo was.

In the Jewish religion it is forbidden to tattoo,My dad just passed.The only way I know to immortalize him?

I can't answer for rules in another religion, but this I know -
When these flesh bodies are done and gone, they are just that.
I know some think these horrible bodies are going to pop out of graves when Christ returns, but thats not biblical. It was a one-time event when Christ was crucified, thats all.
In any case, a tattoo on your body is not going to change the way you feel for God, one way or the other. God judges the heart.
If you want to immortalize your dad with a tattoo, and you feel very strongly about that, then I don't see anything wrong with it.
However, keep this in mind: you could immortalize him in alot of other ways, like living a good life and setting a proper example.
Other ways are having a son and carrying on his name - or starting a foundation in his name. But if a tattoo is what you want to do, don't let anybody send you to hell over it, okay?
That wouldn't be Gods take on it, and it shouldn't be anyone else's.
He's your Father - the closest relative you have - talk to Him about it.

There is no outright prohibition for a Jewish man to wear a gold ring. There are records of people having gold seals engraved in a ring.But there is a very important issue. It is absolutely not allowed for a couple to exchange rings under the Chuppa, the canopy, during their wedding. The groom has to give the ring to his bride and with that he “purchases” her betrothal to him, with nothing in return. If she were to reciprocate with her own ring there could even be a risk that the wedding would be deemed invalid. Now some couples would like to exchange rings, but the Rabbi in charge will make it clear that she is giving him a gift and only after the conclusion of the service. (In answer to a previous Quora maybe that is the thing for her to do in the Yichud room) .But in addition to the above, wearing gold jewelry is often frowned by orthodox men. On the other hand I have a friend, a very orthodox Rabbi who is a psychotherapist who wears a gold wedding ring! He found a lot of his female patients were hitting on him, and the ring shows them that he is not available!

The source of this prohibition is Leviticus 19:28:  “You shall not etch a tattoo on yourselves.” This prohibition applies  to all tattoos besides those made for medical purposes, such as to guide  a surgeon making an incision.Although some of the commentaries[1]  seem to believe that this is one of the Torah’s chukim,  the commandments whose rationales transcend the ken of human intellect,  other commentators do offer several explanations for this prohibition:The human body is G‑d’s  creation, and it is therefore unbefitting to mutilate G‑d’s handiwork.  It is especially unbefitting for members of G‑d’s chosen nation to  mutilate their bodies. One must believe that G‑d, the greatest artisan  of all, formed him or her in the most fitting way, and one must not  change this form. Changing one’s body (unless it is for health reasons)  is tantamount to insulting G‑d’s handiwork.[2]In ancient times, it was customary for idol-worshippers to tattoo  themselves as a sign of commitment to their deity—much like an animal  that is branded by its owner. On many occasions the Torah forbids  practices that emulate pagan customs, considering that following their  traditions is the first step towards subscribing to their idolatrous  beliefs and services.[3] The covenant of circumcision is unique in its being a sign in our  bodies of our relationship with G‑d. Making other signs in one’s body  would weaken and cheapen this special sign.[4][1]See Rashi on the Talmud, Makkot 21a.  [2] See Siftei Cohen on Leviticus 19:28; Rashi on Deuteronomy 14:1; Responsa Tzitz Eliezer 11:41. [3] Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Idolatry 12:11. [4] Sforno on Leviticus 19:27.

If Islam and Judaism forbids tattoos because the body is God´s perfect creation, why do they circumcise?

Islam is pure divine Truth.
Quran is absolutely divine and no part of it can be claimed as fabricated or contradicting or errors etc such a literary work can come only from the one who PERFECT(NO HUMAN WEAKENESSESS).

Quran confirms Prophet saas didnot ever claimed anything of islam unless inspired.
Prophet Muhammad saas said tatooing is forbidden.
The reasons for this may be many but we obey Prophet saas irrespective whether our intellect (limited and many a times unsound logic different from person to persons).
Divine Texts cannot be subjected to human beings flawed and unsound logic which differs from person to person.
We accept whatever is being revealed to Prophet and obey.If there is reasons mentioned in the divine texts about a particular act we too mention it.
Islam forbids harming body.Circumcison doesnot harm body inn any way.similar to like one cuts hair clips nails.
According to some Circumcision is reqd after birth.once born, human beings should cut unwanted extra foreskin which is healthy hygeinic and good for both husband and wife.

Is it ok as a Jew to get "Jewish" tattoos?

God's instruction to the nation of Israel taken from a number of translations.

Levitocus 19:28

(ASV) Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am Jehovah.

(BBE) You may not make cuts in your flesh in respect for the dead, or have marks printed on your bodies: I am the Lord.

(Bishops) Ye shall not rent your fleshe for any soules sake, nor print any markes vpon you: I am the Lorde.

(Darby) And cuttings for a dead person shall ye not make in your flesh, nor put any tattoo writing upon you: I am Jehovah.

(ESV) You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the LORD.

(Geneva) Ye shal not cut your flesh for the dead, nor make any print of a marke vpon you: I am the Lorde,

(JPS) Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor imprint any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

(KJV) Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

(NIV) "'Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.


All of which provide the same message – no tattoo’s

The Apostle Paul told those of us that are Christian –

Romans 12:1-2 KJV
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Which also provides the same message – no tattoo’s

Why can't Jewish people get tattoos?

Sigh, you so much for context why do you ignore the laws which state that meat CAN be eaten and delineates which animals fit the criteria of those allowed to be eaten? Yes, we cannto go and make bllod sausage or blood pudding, we cannto mix milk with blood and drink it like the Masai warriors do, but after we have salted and removed the free flowing blood from meat we can eat it. who said so? G-D, in the evrses dealing with the laws of Kashrut which you seem to have skipped over!.

As for what YOU "feel"", why on earth do you think the fact that YOU "feel" will have any effect on Jewish beliefs? we have been following the Torah for the last 3500 years. we have millenia of discussions and commentaries to teach us how to follow it- your "feeling" is immaterial! You want to know why it is taken to mean more than just its context- try reading the original Hebrew:
וְשֶׂרֶט לָנֶפֶש לֹא תִתְּנוּ בִּבְשַׂרְכֶם וּכְתֹבֶת קַעֲקַע לֹא תִתְּנוּ בָּכֶם

The issue of making cuttings for the dead is a DIFFERENT phrase to the one saying do not mae any imprints on your flesh. You choose to read it a single phrase, showing you have no idea of how it has been read, and understood, by Jews for millenia. The cantillation marks traditionally used to chant it show a break between the first phrase and the second phrase. The same thing as a putting a full stop between the two phrases. A better way to translate and punctuate the verse is: (this translation by the Jewish Press):
28. You shall not make cuts in your flesh for a person [who died]. You shall not etch a tattoo on yourselves. I am the Lord.כח. וְשֶׂרֶט לָנֶפֶשׁ לֹא תִתְּנוּ בִּבְשַׂרְכֶם וּכְתֹב��ת קַעֲקַע לֹא תִתְּנוּ בָּכֶם אֲנִי יְהוָֹה:

The two are seperate- the prohibition to having tattoos is NOT linked to the dead, only the first part about making cuttings to honour the dead is.

And no, wearing earrings is NOT the same law. It is not making a piercing for the dead nor is it etching marks in the skin. Heh, in fact we know earrings are allowed sinc ewhen the Jewish women gave their jewellery for the making of the utensils in the Temple, the Torah states that they gave their earrings for this holy purpose. You could hardly give something forbidden to be used for something holy!

Is it ok for a Jewish person to get a tattoo?

If you're Reform it's really your decision to make. Jewish people don't get tattoos traditionally because of that passage in Leviticus that someone mentioned. It's against Jewish law. Some other people don't like them because of the association with Jews being forcibly tattooed in the Holocaust. I am Reform too and have tattoos, and personally, I think a Holocaust remembrance tattoo is a little tacky because Jews who were against it were forcibly tattooed in the Holocaust, but you could go with some other kind of Jewish tattoo. By the way, Reconstructionist Judaism is about living Judaism as a culture, not a religion. As a Reform Jew it's really your responsibility to know Jewish law so you can knowledgeably choose which laws you observe and which you don't. Reform isn't a synonym for "lazy". That's not a put-down... you are similar to 99% of Reform Jews. I'm in favor of all Reform Jews being more knowledgeable.

P.S. It is NOT true that you cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetary if you have a tattoo.

It doesn’t.I am a Torah observant Jew and I have been to the Temple Mount a dozen times. Although it is not forbidden, it is complicated to enter the Temple Mount.The issues at hand are as follows:Bodily impurity: Men and women are considered ritually impure upon having various bodily emissions, including semen or menstrual blood. Purification for this type of impurity involves immersion in a ritual bath, otherwise known as a Mikve. A Mikve requires proper preparations and knowledge about purity for both men and women.Impurity relating to contact of a dead body: In order to enter the Temple Mount compound, one does not need to purify himself from this type of impurity. However, to enter the place on the Temple Mount where the Temple stood, one needs this type of purification. Where did the Temple stand on the Temple Mount? This issue has been clarified in recent years by various historical and archaeological evidence. How does one purify himself from impurity relating to contact of a dead body? Today, one can not undergo such a purification process, as the Red Heifer is unavailable. It is assumed that everyone today has this type of impurity.Those Rabbis who permit (or even encourage) Torah observant Jews to enter the Temple Mount teach their students the purification process for #1, and teach to avoid the specific locations on Temple Mount upon which the Temple stood.