David Beckham's Hebrew Tattoo Explained
David Robert Joseph Beckham was born May 2, 1975 in Leytonstone, East London, the son of Ted Beckham, a kitchen fitter and Sandra West, a hairdresser. David had numerous tattoos on his body before he planned to have something Judaic tattooed. Why? Because David Beckham's maternal grandfather Joseph West, his mother Sandra's father, is Jewish, and David has been quoted as saying numerous times about how the Jewish side to his family and it's Jewish culture has had a positive influence on him; however, he is not known to actively practice Judaism or any other faith for that matter.
In his autobiography called My World, which was serialised in OK! Magazine, David was quoted as saying; "I've probably had more contact with Judaism than with any other religion. He also said that he has been to synagogue on a number of occasions. "I used to wear the traditional Jewish skullcaps when I was younger, and I also went along to some Jewish weddings with my grandfather." More recently, in David's autobiography My Side, he revealed that his father Ted also had a Jewish link, albeit a footballing one, as he used to play semi-professionally for Wingate Finchley.
Whether or not his decision to get the Hebrew was a tribute to his mother or to his grandfather or just to his general Jewish lineage in general we do not know, but in July of 2005 Mr. and Mrs. Beckham travelled to Singapore for their 6th wedding anniversary and at some point either before, during, or after their arrival there, they decided to mark their anniversary by getting the same Hebrew script lettering tattoos done on their bodies but in different locations.
Their choice was a verse from the Song of Songs written by the mighty and wise Jewish King Shlomo HaMelech (King Solomon), "Ani LeDodi Ve'Dodi Li harea shoshaneem" which translates to: "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine, who grazes among the roses."
The reason why he chose the verse is in his own words and bein that it was their aniversary explains why Victoria also had it done, "... I'm a quarter Jewish and I decided to have Hebrew on my arms. When Jewish people get married they have this wording around their wedding ring...."
Source: David beckham in an interview to the Sunday Mirror and printed 14 May 2006
About the song of songs
King Shlomo wrote the Song of Songs as an allegory of the relationship between the Creator and the nation of Israel, in terms of the love between a man and a woman. It is recited on“Pesach (Passover) the Holiday that celebrates the liberation of the Jewish People from their slavery in Egypt and their oddesy to claim their birthright, the land of Israel.
According to Jewish Biblical Sage RASHI, the Megilah (Scroll) is the mashal (allegory) of a young and beautiful woman who becomes engaged to and then marries a king. But very soon after the marriage, she is unfaithful to him, causing him to send her away, into the status of “living widowhood,” meaning she is “as if” a widow, although her husband is still alive. But his love for her remains strong, and he watches over her at all times, from behind the scenes, to protect her. And when she resolves to return to him, and be faithful to him, he will take her back, with a love that is fully restored.