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Miriam Hopper: Jewish tradition teaches us that the body is sacred. There would have to be a good reason for me to alter the body I was given. Missy Goldstein: I think of myself as so much more than any tattoo could say about me. To me, having a tattoo would be too defining.

Whenever people ask me about who I am, being Jewish is one of the first things I tell them.

I have my paternal grandfather’s six-digit Holocaust number, 184203, tattooed on my wrist. What was done to him in hate, I do in love.

When I’m songleading at the URJ’s Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi, my speech impediment is not evident.

Why have human beings throughout the ages and across cultures chosen to tattoo their bodies?

I am a rabbi, proud to affirm my love of Judaism…on my skin.

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