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; 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



Monday, September 1st

When I woke I realized that my sofer hadn't called at 11:30 as he'd said. I ate, showered & generally recovered from being horizontal (thank G@d it isn't any harder for you). I called him at 2 p.m. & he still didn't have his act together. He couldn't meet at 6 because he had Tai Chi at 7. We made the time 5:30, unless he could do it "a drop earlier", in which case he'd call.
Now I can get on with MY day...
I strolled up to Feldheim to check on those book prices for Joel - Shemirath Shabbath & Derekh HaShem. Strolling. Body didn't want to make much forward motion, particularly uphill, so I took it easy as I poured with sweat & drenched my clothes by the time I'd been out 10 minutes.
Living in Israel is like a daily encounter with a stunningly beautiful woman who is intensely passionate & at the same time intensely angry.

When I returned home I ate & crashed from the heat exhaustion - rested for hour & a half before my lesson.

In 1.5 hours we did Quf, Mem Sofit, Mem, Lamed - his wife dropped in a couple of times - he did "alexanders" & instructed me to ignore him as I wrote multiple words which he'd periodically call out from his studio floor.

I'm drinking litres & litres a day & I have no idea where it goes...
I'm *constantly* dehydrated, but still thrilled to be here.
I'm even too tired to read Woody Allen...
So I napped on my chesterfield & journalled.


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