Now that once permanent tattoos can be removed, that means they are no longer permanent.

So is it now permissible to get a tattoo, why, why not?

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    why do assume that to the prohibition to get a tattoo is only because it is permament? – Shoel U'Meishiv Jun 16 '15 at 16:21
  • Good question, I suppoose I just assumed, would you share with me the other reasons? – chavatzellet Jun 16 '15 at 16:23
  • well start here i guess: koltorah.org/ravj/… – Shoel U'Meishiv Jun 16 '15 at 16:24
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    just in general, here we try to source our assumptions to our questions – Shoel U'Meishiv Jun 16 '15 at 16:25
  • @chavatzellet I would assume the reason it's prohibited is Because God Said So. – Double AA Jun 16 '15 at 16:37

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 temporary tattoos.

  • Ahah! Just as I thought. It's the act itself that's the problem. Now, where did that bullet in my bull go?? – DanF Jun 16 '15 at 19:38
  • @Thank you Banjamin for your comment, that clears things up – chavatzellet Jun 16 '15 at 22:00
  • The proof from the verse would only convince me if I was a Karaite, and not a skeptical Karaite, but an accetping Karaite. Were I a skeptical Karaite, I would say that the prohibited act may be getting a tattoo, but perhaps "getting a tattoo" means "permanently imprinting ink on ones skin. – mevaqesh Jun 16 '15 at 23:21

"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.

  • Like how dry cleaning doesn't ruin Techelet's permanence. – Double AA Jun 17 '15 at 13:41

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