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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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.
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.
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
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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