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.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

BS"D

GOD, SPEAK TO ME...

The man whispered, "God, speak to me." A meadowlark sang.
But the man did not hear.
Then the man yelled, "God, speak to me." Thunder rolled across the sky.
But the man did not listen.     
The man looked around and said, "God, let me see you." The stars shined brightly.
But the man did not notice.
The man shouted, "God, show me a miracle." A life was born.
But the man did not know.
So the man cried out in despair, "Touch me God, and let me know you are here." Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man.
But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

One of the lessons I have learned in this life is to not miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the way that I expect. G@d gives blessings when & how they are needed, whether we recognise that or not. We must take notice of the blessings around us as they are. I know this sounds cheesey, but it's true as well. It's so easy to cloud the precious gifts in our lives.
It reminds me that G@d not only created everything, but exists *in* everything. That when we say the Sh'ma twice each day, we are not only decalring the oneness of G@d, but that this unity actuallt means that THERE IS NOTHING ELSE BUT G@D. That what we experience as plurality is, in fact, the expression of G@d's unity.

As the Holy Liqutei Amarim-Tanya says, in Sha'ar HaYichud V'Emunah (Gate of Unity & Faith), "...even in completely inanimate matter, such as stones or earth or water, there is a soul & a spiritual life-force - that is, the enclosing of the "Letters of Speech" of the Ten Utterances [from Hava'ye, G@d] which gave life & existence to inanimate matter that it might arise out of the naught & nothingness which preceeded the Six Days of Creation."

Indeed, it is said that the entire Torah is a single utterence of The Holy One.

This is why G@d's most intimate name, Y-H-V-H, is literally the verb "to be" in Hebrew. G@d IS. Everything that is, IS because of the G@dspark within. Otherwise, it could not BE.

That's why one of G@d's many names is HaMaqom - The Place. The Omnipresent. Meaning the Here & Now. "Is-ness".

All is G@d.

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