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Tattoos in Judaism. Is it truly forbidden?

I grew up being told by my parents that Jews 100% cannot have tattoos. They’ve given me two reasons: one is that it would be inappropriate since our the older generations were tattooed during the Holocaust. The second reason that is because g-d made the body as intended and we shouldn’t change it (that being said, they were fine with ear piercings and I know enough people who have had nose jobs or cosmetic surgery etc).

My brother got some tattoos and it upset my mom. He was under the impression that the whole idea that we can’t be tattooed is untrue.

The reason I’m asking is because I’ve been asked multiple times if I have tattoos and my answer has always been, “nah, I’m Jewish”since this is what I’ve been told my whole life. Is this accurate?

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