Netivat Sofrut: diary of a Soferet

Adventures of a female sofer learning to heal the world by doing Holy Work...writing a Sefer Torah

נחזיר את השכינה למקומה בצייון ובתבל כלה

"Let us restore the Divine In-Dwelling to Her Place in Zion & infuse Her spirit throughout the whole inhabited world."

So wherever we are, let us bring the Peace of G@d's Presence.

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SCRIBAL EVANGELIST As the only living certified Soferet (סופרת - female Jewish ritual scribe) & the first woman to practice sofrut (creation of sacred Hebrew texts) in over 200 years, I feel an obligation to blog about my experiences of The Work. I am also currently researching the foundation of a lost tradtion of women practicing this holy craft. For more on the services I provide, please see Soferet.com; Sofrut Nation. I am now available to engage with students, male or female, wishing to enter into the preliminary stage of learning sofrut. You are welcome to join me on this path. "Tzedeq, tzedeq tir'dof - Justice, justice you shall pursue." Devarim/Deuteronomy 16:20.

Friday, September 12, 2003

B"H

WRESTLING WITH LETTERS

Tuesday, September 2nd

Called my sofer about our next lesson.
Homework did not go well - each letter gets worse than the previous - confirming that I definitely shouldn't write during a spiritual crisis - I'm so unsatisfied with each letter & word combination that I re-sharpen my quill in between each. The ink is pouring onto the klaf in globs - I deepen the centre cut when it shoots up the shaft like lightening towards my left hand. Scared me. I guess it isn't soft enough to manipulate like this
I spent 2 hours with my sofer listening to his commentary on my homework.

I came home tired & fidgety & wanting to sleep but at 7pm that's just a bad idea, so ate & paced & walked to Russian compound & did e-mail.
A guy tried to pick me up on the way home (returned by 11:30)
Mum called at midnight & we chatted for 1.5 hours. It was really good to connect with her.
Lailah tov!

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