Hebrew tattoos

Hebrew language translation

Foreign tattoos are gaining popularity with many tattoo fans in the world. Among these, Hebrew tattoos have also seen a rise in their own popularity status. This is probably in part, due to a number of famous people who have and display their own Hebrew style tattoos. Some of these famous tattoos give good reason to research a foreign lettering tattoo to ensure a proper translation.

Photographs of celebrity tattoos

Madonna – Madonna's tattoo was, at first, thought to be a mistake in translation. It took a bit of research to find she had gotten one of the many translations for God in the Kaballah (a spiritual discipline based on the Jewish religion).

Britney Spears – Britney's tattoo , which she received soon after Madonna's, was originally incorrect. She had the tattoo corrected, then ultimately removed completely.

Christina Aguilara – Christina actually has two Hebrew tattoos. One on her left arm and one on her lower back, which is a very popular phrase from the Song of Solomon (a book in the Old Testament of the Bible) “I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine”.

The Beckhams – The Beckhams, Victoria and her husband David, each have that same phrase from the Song of Solomon in different locations on their bodies.

Jewish tattoos

That phrase from the Song of Solomon, “I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine” has become one of the most frequently requested translations from Hebrew. In Israel this phrase is used in wedding ceremonies. The phrase is considered a vow of fidelity.

When choosing a phrase to translate into Hebrew it is important to make sure you are confident the translation comes across the same in Hebrew as it would in English. With the nuances in English and the difficulty in getting the same meaning you hoped for in Hebrew, it could be a slight imperfection or a completely embarrassing tattoo.

There are many ways to get an accurate translation, however, most can be costly so be careful to ensure you get exactly what you asked for. Please note: the “automatic” translators available online only give the closest estimate to the word or phrase you entered.

Hebrew tattoo designs and word tattoos

Technically with the religion that uses the Hebrew language, tattoos are forbidden. During the ancient times when the Old Testament was written there were pagans that had the tradition of cutting themselves when a loved one had died.

This lead to the widely known verse in Leviticus that states Gods people were not to follow this tradition for it was a pagan practice. Within Judaism it is still a forbidden practice to get a tattoo.

While the options for lettering tattoos are truly vast, there are very few symbols used in Hebrew tattoos. There is one, though, that is a common choice. It is called the Hamsa, also known as “The hand of Miriam”.

It is in the shape of a hand, and is a symbol used to protect one from the evil eye. This symbol is also used often with the symbol of a fish which stands for good luck. This symbol is also known in Arabic cultures as “The hand of Fatima” or “The eye of Fatima”.

Hebrew Tattoos to Tattoo Styles

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