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Tatoos and Burial in Jewish Cemetary

Why is it that people say you cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have a tattoo? I am a reformed Jew.


There is no halachic (Torah law) reason why a person with a tatoo should not be buried in a Jewish cemetary. The only qualification one needs for burial in a Jewish cemetary is being Jewish!

Having said this, permanent tatoos are not permitted by Torah law, and today, when laser technology is available, you can consider its removal.

Best wishes.

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