Your tattooed corpse can be buried in a Jewish cemetery. (This actually has something to do with metal, honest).


I was (belatedly) reading excellent American metal blog’s interview with Orphaned Land’s Kobi Farhi earlier, when I noticed a glaring flaw one of their questions that I just have to address…

Now I don’t want to get in to a transatlantic tit-for-tat with my yehudi brethren from across the pond – after all, for every David Draiman the US has sent us the UK has responded with a Mark Ronson, so that kind of thing has gone far enough.

But I’d just like to clear up the fact that it’s a myth that Jews who have tattoos can’t be buried in Jewish cemeteries.

I actually interviewed a rabbi for a newspaper on this very subject not that long ago (yes really), and he stated categorically that:

Jewish law prohibits someone actively getting a tattoo. This is based on a verse in Leviticus (19:28), “You shall not make cuts in your flesh for a person [who died]. You shall not etch a tattoo on yourselves. I am the Lord”

But that:

There appears to be this well-known myth that if you have a tattoo you can’t have a Jewish burial. This has no source and was probably a clever argument that was used to dissuade people from having them done.

So there you have it: tattooed Jewish metallers, you can be buried in a Jewish cemetery in spite of the sin that you have committed. But please, try to avoid getting one like these.

Israeli metal veterans Orphaned Land play their first ever London gig on March 22nd at the Camden Underworld.