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According to this article by Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky there is no requirement to remove a tattoo, although it could be considered a pious act to do so, especially if the tattoo depicts something immoral and idolatrous. He discusses four ways of removing a tattoo, two of which are permissible, and two of which are questionable. Removal via a cream or laser ...


While there is a commandment for a Jew to not get a tatoo, Leviticus 19:28, B.T. Makkot 21a there is, however, a separate Torah prohibition - "Lo Yosif" - not to inflict a wound upon yourself, Deuteronomy 25:3. According to many poskim, removing a tattoo involves "wounding" yourself. Therefore, it is generally prohibited to a Jew to inflict pain upon ...


I've met converts who had pre-conversion tattoos. It makes sense to me that a convert would not be held liable for torah transgressions that predated him being bound by the torah; after all, we also don't reject converts who used to eat pork or work on Shabbat or have relationships not in accordance with torah, assuming they no longer do these things. As a ...


no convert is turned away because of their tattoos. Is common for converts to cover their tattoos at all time while in public.tattoo removal encourage more damage to the body in the actual tattoo in process itself body can


Mishnah Makkos 3:6 and Gemara 21a; Yerushalmi Makkos 3:6 Rambam (Avodat Kochavim 12:11) and Shulchan Aruch (YD180:1; Shach 180:1) both rule that one has only done an aveira if one both pierces the skin and adds colour.


This is a very old (and can also be a very hurtful) Jewish urban legend. See this New York Times article where the author tried to determine the origins of this legend. Why it's gained so much currency in the modern age is beyond me. Frankly the chabad.org article quoted elsewhere, while factually correct, emphasizes the wrong things. The bottom line is that ...

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