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.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

BS"D

EXHALE

The next word I was to write was "Shotrey". I looked, I pronounced, then touched my quill to the qlaf to make the first stroke. I made a mark. I peered at it. It's in the wrong place. I scanned the entire line in my tiqun to see how many letters I would have to fit comfortably - beautifully - into this line. It was iffy. That first mark I made for the Shin was too far away & would cause too broad a space between this word & the first, & use up more of the precious little space I had for the other words. I put my quill back in its qeset & stopped writing. I would have to let this mark dry before I took it out. At least it's only a mark. It isn't "something", however focused my kavanah was just now, so I can just erase it (carefully). Had I made an entire letter, I would have had to erase all of it, further disturbing the surface of the qlaf. We aren't allowed to form the otiyot (letters) by scraping or erasing, only by adding ink, building each individual form. Like an embryo growing into its intended Self.

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