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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. he discusses a lot of points and opinions on ...


There is a discussion regarding whether one is allowed to commit a less serious sin to prevent a fellow from committing a more serious one (see e.g. However, no one suggests that one can commit a sin to prevent one's fellow from committing a comparable or lesser sin. Therefore, one ...


"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.


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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