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Vanessa Marcil Undergoes Tattoo Removal for Conversion to Judaism

Las Vegas star Vanessa Marcil is about to become a MOT so that she can marry her live-in boyfriend, writer and director Ben Younger. Apparently her previous Jewish hubby, Corey Feldman, didn't require the same spiritual (and dermal) cleansing: As … Read More

By / June 18, 2008

Las Vegas star Vanessa Marcil is about to become a MOT so that she can marry her live-in boyfriend, writer and director Ben Younger. Apparently her previous Jewish hubby, Corey Feldman, didn't require the same spiritual (and dermal) cleansing: As part of her conversion process, Marcil is supposedly having her back and ankle tattoos removed so as to keep “in line with her new faith.” She was recently spotted at Dr. Tattoff's Encino, California, office for round two of tattoo removal.

We’ve covered this topic on Jewcy before, but for a refresher, the Jewish attitude towards body ink is that while getting a tattoo is not so Torah-friendly, having one (or two, or eighteen) does not impede a Jew from participating in any Jewish ritual, including the rite of being buried in a Jewish cemetery. It might be too late now, but someone could have told Ms. Marcil this before she started what will most certainly be a painful removal process.

I’m all for fresh starts, but this just seems unnecessary.