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Report: Drew Barrymore Removing Tattoos for Judaism

February 14, 2013 11:52 am 21 comments

Actress Drew Barrymore.

Actress Drew Barrymore is reportedly undergoing painful laser surgery to remove her six tattoos so that she can be buried in a Jewish cemetery.

A couple of weeks ago The Algemeiner reported on Barrymore’s dedication to her husband’s Jewish religion. Well it looks like she’s literally willing to erase her past so as to guarantee a spot one day alongside her beau and newborn daughter, who will be raised Jewish.

A source close to Barrymore told Star Magazine that Drew “wants to be a Santa Barbara mom, and tattoos clash with that wardrobe.”

The source added, “She’s growing up and turning conservative.”

Barrymore’s tattoos are believed to include a butterfly on her stomach, a cross on her leg, two angels on her lower back and a bouquet of flowers on her hip.

21 Comments

  • “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:28).
    So does excising her tattoos make her kosher? After passing pork am I OK again?

  • She either is has a husband or has a beau! Which is it?

    As for tatoos, it’s forbidden by Jewish law to tatoo one’s body purposefully.

  • ..I’d get rid of the cross though…

  • There are many young people in Israel with tattoos!

  • You can be buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have tats. It’s an old wives tale that you cannot. Anyway, she’s not Jewish unless she has a kosher conversion.

  • She must be the only one that doesn’t know this. She’s not worthy.

    • Let her ermove all her tatoos.
      I hope that she will undergo conversion to Judaism, so that her children can be Jewish.

      Good for you, DREW

      I hate to see young Jewish boys and girls having their bodies painted.
      It is against the Jewish religion to defile ones body.

  • Who said that you need to remove tatoos in order to be buried in a Jewish cemetery? I do not believe this is required under Jewish law.

  • Why go through all that pain, when the whole thing about tattooed people not being buried in a Jewish cemetery is fictional.

  • Jewish law does not permit tattoos but does not prevent someone from being buried in a Jewish cemetery because they have tattoos. The writer did not do his/her research.

    • FACT: Jewish Law forbids tattoos and it is absolutely not acceptable to have tattoos if one would like to be buried in a jewish cemetary.

      • FACT: Incorrect. If you already have tattoos, it is permissible to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. HaShem does not want us to mark our bodies, period. However, if you have tattoos, He would rather you be buried in a Jewish cemetery, if you’re a kosher Jew, than not.

    • The only way she can be buried in a Jewish cemetaey is if she is Jewish. It has nothing to do with ttoos, though I would get rid of the cross and possibly the angels.

  • “…DO NOT MARK YOUR SKIN WITH TATTOOS….” LEV. 19:28, THE HOLY BIBLE.

  • It is a myth that a Jew with tattoos cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery. That has never been true. It is a fabrication meant to scare young Jews into not getting tattoos. If Drew Barrymore decides to have them removed for esthetic reasons, that is entirely her business. The algemeiner should not be spreading falsehoods about Judaism.

  • NEXT BRITTANY SPEARS AND
    ALL OF HOLLYWOOD
    MOST OF ISRAELIS, MALE AND FEMALE
    ALL BERGS KABALLAH CENTER ALUMINI

    WHATS A CONSERVATIVE?
    let me look that up…
    ahhh YOU’RE CORRECT…
    MOSES went up and down the mountain receiving
    3 sets of laws…
    one for reform one for conservative and one for those guys with beards….
    TYPO… 5 SETS ..MOSES WAS A MOUNTAIN CLIMBER, HE LIKED TO CLIMB.
    I FORGOT to mention the humanistic jew and the secular jew and the cardiac jew who feels jewish the tourist jew who goes visit the jerusalem churches the gastronomic jew who has matzah for passover with his bacon.. the wanna be jew but gotta try it out first,,,,
    If MOSES forgot to bring them a seperate set of LAWS we can write one for each, not a problem..

    yes sir….GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS WITHOUT INTERNATLIZED THE REASONS….
    AND I AM SUPERMAN, I CAN FLY…..
    and the vatican poop was a good guy…..
    the jesux statues are not idols but art pieces
    you can be a jew and bow to gods of other nations
    jewish light taught at the local church
    i have a jewish great grandfather
    I have jewish blood from the original africans
    the spanish inquisition forced my jewish ancestors to convert but i believe sabbath is on a saturday..
    i wanna be buried in a jewish cemetary..

    hey lady first prepare to LIVE LIKE A JEW BEFORE YOU THINK OF DYING ,,YOU GOTTA CONVERT BEFORE MARRIGE
    HAVE A BABY AFTER MARRIGE

    HEY BUDDY..AT LEAST A MILLION JEWISH GIRLS AROUND…
    YOU COULDNT FIND NOT ONE??
    NOT ONE JEWISH GIRL???

  • There is no requirement that one be tattoo free in order to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. It’s an urban legend that keeps cropping up in articles on the net. If that’s really the only reason why she’s doing it, tell her to stop.

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