In the season 4 premiere of Broad City, we finally see the origin story behind Abbi and Ilana's friendship. Between jumping turnstiles and going to Bed, Bath, & Beyond stoned, they pay a visit to a psychic, who tells them they're going to die that very day. Inspired by this ominous prophecy, Ilana suggests that they really live it up and get tattoos. At first, Abbi's reluctant because she says that having a tattoo would bar her from being buried in a Jewish cemetery.
Abbi's concern may have seemed like a throwaway line. But, as intrepid Broad City viewer and Jerusalem Post reporter Lahav Harkov pointed out on Twitter, that's actually a longstanding myth. (And, yes, at least a couple R29 editors were floored.)
To be fair, the idea that you cannot be buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have tattoos didn't appear out of thin air. According to the Torah, it's forbidden to "incise any marks on yourselves." Those who were forcibly tattooed during the Holocaust or used temporary tattoos for fun are exempt, but, in general, Jewish people are strongly discouraged against voluntarily getting permanent tattoos.
Considering how widespread this myth appears to be, we can't fault Broad City for referencing it, whether or not the writers knew it wasn't true (FWIW, Curb Your Enthusiasm also referenced this misconception in 2002). And, in case you paused the episode to find out the truth, spoiler alert: Abbi bites the bullet and gets a lower-back tattoo depicting Oprah. We're guessing she'd be relieved to know that she probably doesn't have to worry about the whole Jewish cemetery thing.