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.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

BS"D

INHALE...

An important diary entry I neglected to make at the time:

January 28th 2004/5 Shvat 5764 - Parshat Sh'mot
I woke that morning, knowing that THIS was the morning. I wanted to procrastinate. I washed, dressed & davened shachrit. I'd been to miqveh already, so I took a thorough shower, followed by yoga. I meditated on the Alefbet, trying to be present with the essence of each letter. To bring their strength with me. I approached my writing table with trepidation, wondering why I didn't feel more joy, after a lifetime bringing me to this point. I sat before the clean, bare qlaf, perfectly scored. Line after blank line I must fill with the word of G@d. I tried to empty my self in order to be a vessel for this holiness. I still wanted to procrastinate. I sharpened the edge on my quill. I shifted in my chair. I made some tea. I was procrastinating.
I dipped my quill. It was sharp, full of ink & there was really nothing else left to do. I recited the statement that I was writing this Sefer Torah for the sake of Heaven. I exhaled. I looked into my tiqun for the word, the first word I would write. It was "Vayir'u" - "And they saw". I pronounced the word. I was terrified. I leaned forward & named each letter as I wrote it: "Vav...Yud...Resh...Alef...Vav."
I exhaled.

SO much has transpired since I last wrote. I completed my first Megilat Esther, with G@d's help. It taught me so much & I am deeply grateful.
I'll fill these pages, bli neder, with life now that I'm recovered from Purim :)
G@d is great!

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