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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.


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 ...


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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