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How do you write Isaiah in Hebrew and does it matter if the writing is in a vertical direction. (This is for a tattoo for a childs name on a parent)

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closed as off topic by Double AA, Alex, Shmuel Brin, Isaac Moses Feb 26 '12 at 4:10

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I vote to close as off topic (Hebrew language questions are not in scope). See meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/162/759 and the FAQ –  Double AA Feb 26 '12 at 2:05
related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/7859/759 –  Double AA Feb 26 '12 at 3:55

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Matthew, perhaps you are not Jewish in which case tattoos are permitted for you (and tattoos related to one's child are certainly one of the nicer options and one which you are less likely to regret later). Nevertheless since receiving a tattoo is prohibited in Leviticus (chapter 19 as I recall), and there is strong traditional support for respectful treatment of texts written in Hebrew (such as not taking them into the lavatory) I cannot help but feel that such a tattoo is not appropriate. So while recognizing you have very noble intentions, and it wasn't a yes or no question, I suspect that I am not alone is suggesting the answer is no.

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Since when are temporary tattoos not allowed? –  avi Feb 25 '12 at 18:26
Refusing to answer a question, which could found out from numerous other means, just because you want to make some snide remark about how other people live their lives, is a terrible Chilul Hashem. Your lack of of accurate answer, will not prevent @Mathew from finding out the information some other way, and possibly even incorrectly. –  avi Feb 25 '12 at 18:35
@avi I wouldn't be as harsh about it as you were, but I do agree with you. Yirmeyahu, if you read something from a random person on the internet plus you don't even know what he is saying is true, all you're doing is making the situation worse. There is a bigger chance he won't listen then he will, and if he won't the sin is worse than if he didn't know. –  Hacham Gabriel Feb 26 '12 at 0:49
@avi, I believe your suggestion that my comment was snide is out of line, and your comment about temporary tattoos is irrelevant. –  Yirmeyahu Feb 26 '12 at 4:00
@Yirmeyahu Then write a comment or vote to close. Don't answer with a non-answer. –  avi Feb 26 '12 at 16:42

Often there are problems with Hebrew's right-to-left rendering getting confused, causing for a lot of backwards Hebrew tattoos. So let me attach an image here.

Avi's answer is correct, but includes extra dots around the letters, which function as vowels. Hebrew is read and written just fine without those, so I'd opt for a spelling without the extra vowels (one less thing that can go wrong).

The purple letters spell it vertically. (I picked a simple Hebrew font.)

Each horizontal line of the black letters is a different font spelling of the same thing.

Images of Hebrew "Isaiah"

Note that Jews are prohibited from having tattoos by Leviticus; if you're not Jewish and would like to have a Hebrew tattoo it's just a question of taste, really.

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I thought God prohibits Tatoo for everyone. I don't even allow my daughters' ears to be pierced. How do you know that some commandments are for jews only? –  Jim Thio Dec 29 '13 at 3:09
@JimThio they are prefaced by "speak to the children of Israel." We believe that the vast majority of the commandments -- sabbath, kosher, all of that -- was only addressed to the Jews. All that non-Jews are expected to keep, as has been said repeatedly here, is: #1 support a just society (e.g. vote, pay taxes), and don't: #2 worship idols. #3 kill people. #4 violate certain sexual taboos. #5 eat a limb torn off a live animal. #6 curse God. #7 steal. –  Shalom Dec 29 '13 at 8:16
@JimThio And there's no problem with piercing ears, even for Jews. –  Ypnypn May 13 '14 at 23:53
Hashem told us to vote and pay taxes? Didn't know He's a liberal. I thought he's closer to libertarians. Voting means you indirectly told others how to run their lives. Taxes means punishing the productive so the lazy can breed and breed and breed and sleep and sloth and bang girls unlimitedly while encouraging robbery, larcenies, etc. –  Jim Thio May 14 '14 at 5:10
I don't allow my daughter's ears to be pierced because I believe in individual choice. She's just 1 week old. She should decide that 18 years latter. It has nothing to do with judaism because I am not a jew. –  Jim Thio May 14 '14 at 5:11

In Hebrew, if a word is in the vertical position, it is written from Top to Bottom. If it is horizontal, the word is written from Right to Left.

The name Isiah is written יְשַׁעְיָהוּ

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