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.

Monday, April 26, 2004

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TRANSCENDING GENDER ROLES AS AN EXPERSSION OF G@D'S WILL

I was inspired while reading the JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) spring newsletter this morning. It mentioned how in the early 19th century, Hasidic Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Epstein interpreted Miriam's dance on the banks of the sea as a symbol of the equality men & women will enjoy in the world to come:

"In the future there will no longer be the categories of male & female. All will come to realize the divine light equally. This is just like a circle dance, where every part of the circle's circumference is equidistant from the centre. So will all absorb the clear light of divinity equally. This was the intention of the prophetess Miriam. She had all the women follow her & performed circle dances with them, in order to draw upon the supernal light from the place where the categories of male & female do not exist (Ma'or va-Shemesh, B'shalakh)."

G@d willing, may this time come soon, in our days, when all people will be children of G@d, children of Light. & there will be no fear, or violence, or grief. Only Unity.

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