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The sin is not the permanent state of the tattoo. The sin is committed while you are drawing the tattoo. Leviticus 19:28: “You shall not etch a tattoo on yourselves.” There is an interesting article Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky from OU. https://www.ou.org/torah/machshava/tzarich-iyun/tzarich_iyun_jews_with_tattoos/ he discusses a lot of points and opinions on ...


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"Permanent" means "will last forever without undergoing any special procedure." Rabbi Moshe Feinstein writes that even though a tubal ligation can be surgically reversed, it's prohibited as "permanent castration" for precisely this reason.


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I argue here based on the Gemara (Makos 21a), the Shulchan Aruch (YD § 180), and other sources, that when (1) a particular tattoo is in fact non-idolatrous; and (2) the very nature of the particular tattoo is such that it can be objectively presumed to be non-idolatrous, it is permissible under normative halacha. This applies, for example, to permanent ...



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