This was my second of three tattoos. It’s the word “Yahweh” written in the original Hebrew. Yahweh was considered the most sacred name of God in the Old Testament, only the high priests knew how to even pronounce the word. It was so sacred because it’s not a word to describe God, it’s His actual name. And now the name of my Creator is written on His creation, like a signature.
I have seen this tattoo all over the damn place. I saw it on Pinterest, I’ve seen it all over Tumblr, and every time I do, it makes my fucking blood boil. Every time. Christians, knock this shit off. This is not your word. Is this a word you read every week in church, just like that, in Hebrew? Is this a word you encounter every day, so self-evident as to require no explanation? Or is it just so deep and spiritual and meaningful to you that G-d can only speak to you through Hebrew, a deep and spiritual language that you don’t understand. Is this a fetishized “speaking in tongues” thing? Like, it’s obviously so meaningful because it’s in some foreign language? Bonus points for connections to Jesus? It proves how deep and meaningful and spiritual you are because you have a tattoo that you have to explain to people, clearly. And you get to appear so knowledgable about the textual traditions of the Old Testament, you, conventionally attractive white girl, you get to claim my language and my name for G-d for your need to appear really, really spiritual.
Fuck you and your fucking tattoo. Fuck you are your entitlement complex. You couldn’t get a cross. You couldn’t get one of the endless names for G-d or Jesus in English, the language you obviously speak, or Latin or Greek, the main liturgical languages of Christianity for the past 2000 years. You couldn’t get something from some Protestant reformer who really speaks to you. You couldn’t get a symbol that’s actually yours to demonstrate your commitment to G-d. No. You had to steal our word, our name, and our language to show how much of a Christian you are.
Funny, but I’m pretty sure that in the whole Old Testament thing you all decided to toss in your Bible only because your theologians thought it might be useful for context later, there are some prohibitions about stealing. Think they’re in Exodus. Should be a list of ten big no-nos? Maybe it’s familiar? Just throwing that out there.
Here’s the short form: you’re an appropriative douchebag. You took a linguistic tradition that isn’t yours in order to make yourself look spiritual, meaningful, and deep. Mostly, it makes you look like an ass who is going to desecrate the name of G-d every time you take a shit. I hope that helps you on your spiritual journey.
Appropriation and disregard for the holiness of the word, PLUS she tattooed it (tattooing is explicitly forbidden in Judaism, except for some Reform circles). Also, I’m pretty sure it’s spelled wrong too.
The word is so holy I’m Judaism that any document with the word on it must be kissed and had a pray said over when dropped. It’s so holy that you can’t throw away documents with the word on it, they must be buried in a Jewish cemetery (which you can’t be buried in if you have tattoos). It’s so sacred that no one even speaks it, because it has no pronunciation! (So saying it says Yahweh is wrong)
This is some fucked-up goyishe shit.
So, Hebrew has nothing like ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged’? no?
Another thing. It’s not your word either, it belong to God.. he can decide on his own what to do about this.
Then, she did this with Love for her God in her heart, God is Love.. or is he an asshole like you guys? No, I think he is Love..
Lastly, how do you know what her faith is? I mean, do you have special hand shakes and codes that only you know?
God gets to judge her, not you, shut your judgemental mouths the fuck up, you are making Westboro look smart.
"Judge not lest ye be judged" is from the Christian Book of Matthew, so no, it doesn’t. It is our language, and we have a right to defend it, because for nearly two thousand years Christians have attacked us with words, with weapons, and with dogma, all after claiming to take the sacred teachings of our ancestors on as their own. Christianity declared itself a continuation of the teachings of the Jewish people, and then named us its enemy in countless ways. It picks and chooses the laws of my grandmothers and grandfathers, using that as justification for their harassment and murder of my ancestors, for libels that name us thieves and cannibals. I cannot say that the Jewish people have never done anything horrible, that we do not have things to make up for and places where my kin are committing atrocities. But that does not bear on a person posting to fyeahchristiantattoos (THAT is how we know what her faith is) who took a sacred, taboo name and branded it on herself in direct violation of the laws that her religion supposedly shares with Judaism.
She did this with selfishness and undue pride in her heart, in awareness of the forbidden nature of this name and this act. This is not love, this is theft. This is the kind of behavior that benefited from the artistic achievements and knowledge of my ancestors, then declared us “wandering” and denied us the rights guaranteed to other humans.
All I hear from this is hate.. just like the “Christians” you point out.
so, you disagree that God is Love and that you will Judge her before God.. good job.
This is why I don’t subscribe to any religion.
No, I am not an atheist, I believe in a higher power, I hope it cares. I don’t label it or prey to it because I believe what you do with or to your fellow man is what matters. what we do here and now..
So, fine.. be angry and keep the hate going.. because words are more important than humans.
You are a willfully ignorant supporter of bigotry and cultural appropriation, Cheska, and after I post this message, I never want to hear from you again. No, you know what? You’re worse than that, you are worse than a supporter of bigotry. You are a supporter of the idea that the oppressed people should smile and hug the people who are mistreating them, to just keep quiet when someone does something evil to them. Would you have LGBTQIA people just sit and nod when someone calls them a faggot, or stabs them to death over their gender presentation? Would you tell people with limited mobility that they should love the fact that others consider it “special treatment” to design buildings so that they can actually enter them without being picked up and carried? Maybe you think black people should give white people a big old kiss for putting them on boats, forcing them to work without compensation, and then setting up a system that constantly denies the validity of their experience and paints them as ignorant criminals?
What the person in the photo above has done is far from the worst injustice. It is a petty, stupid thing, and we were speaking about it as such. But it is also a symptom of a larger cycle of mistreatment, oppression, and theft.
Judaism does not say G-d is love. It never has. You stick your fingers in your ears and declare us to be hateful, while you support the overwriting and appropriation of my people’s heritage by this person. There is nothing wrong with hating people who have murdered and oppressed my ancestors.
Would you tell someone to love the thief who steals their most prized possessions? Would you tell a rape victim that she should love her rapists, would you ask the family of someone who was burned to death that they should love the murderer? That is—in no metaphorical terms, speaking literally—what you are asking the Jewish people to do. The first one is exactly what has happened here. You are telling us we are wrong for speaking against a crime.
You are a terrible person, Cheska, you hyperbolic, ignorant, bigot-supporting piece of trash. To paraphrase an old Yiddish saying, may your life be as bright as the new moon.