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He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.--Deuteronomy 23:1
Is it true that you cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have a tattoo?
Judaism teaches us that our bodies belong, as do all parts of nature, to God. They are on loan to us and we are responsible for caring for them. Any sort of mutilation of the body is, therefore, prohibited. Tattooing is prohibited, as is scarring, and some forms of elective cosmetic surgery.
There are criminal offenses that are so heinous as to bar someone from being buried in the Jewish cemetery. Despite the persistence of a myth to the contrary, a tattoo is not one of those offenses. There is no prohibition against burying someone with a tattoo in the Jewish cemetery
Poole suggests that the idea of the assembly of the Lord is the leadership, or the rulers of Israel. These people were barred not from the religious life of Israel, but from the political life of the nation. Trapp agrees, saying on shall not enter the assembly of the Lord: “Shall not go in and out before the people as a public officer.” Clarke adds, “If by entering into the congregation be meant the bearing a civil office among the people, such as magistrate, judge, &c., then the reason of the law is very plain.”
Originally posted by MajorMalfunction
I'm wondering about one little thing, thought I'd throw it out there just for people to mull over on this topic...
The Hebrews spent time in Egypt. Osiris is an Egyptian god. The only part of Osiris that Isis never found when he was dismembered by Seth was his "member and stones."
Could this be some kind of echo of anti-Osirisism? Just musing, carry on, folks.