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.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

BS"D


THE (IN)FAMOUS RABBI SHIMON BRAND!

Tuesday, August 3rd
Trucking along, thinking about this month of Av. "It is the month of the 'low point' of the Jewish calendar (the 9th of Av, the day of the sin of the spies and the destruction of both the first and second Temples in Jerusalem) as well as the month of the 'high point' of the Jewish calender (the 15th of Av--'there are no happier days for Israel than the 15th of Av and Yom HaKippurim' (Mishnah Ta'anit 26:)--the day of finding one's predestined soul-mate).
This accords with the teaching of our sages that 'the Mashiach is born on the 9th of Av.' Relative to all other souls of Israel, the soul of Mashiach, who comes to redeem Israel from her state of (spiritual as well as physical) exile, is like a groom to his bride. After his birth on the 9th of Av he reveals himself to his bride and betroths her on the 15th of Av."
- from http://www.inner.org.
7pm - OHIO!
All I know about Ohio I learned on the Drew Carey Show :)
At sun down I stopped at Oberlin College, Joel's alma mater, to daven minch/maariv & explore the town. Checked out the Kosher/Halal Food Co-Op & took the tour - even found malted ice cream with a heksher in the little "everything store" on the main drag. There were Palestinian flags spraypainted on rocks in the park.
At 10pm I knocked on R' Shimon & Amy's door, cringing at how late it was, but desperately wanting to meet them, after I'd heard so many wonderful stories about each of them separately from Joel, Kyla, my Sofer & his wife :)
Well, not only were they home, but they had *just* returned from Israel FIFTEEN MINUTES beforehand! He said, "It's a good thing you came now, because 15 minutes ago we weren't here & in 15 minutes we'd be asleep :) It was meant to be!"
So we all had tea & traded stories - it was truly warm. Shimon, who is blind, opened one of the new little antique chotchkes he'd purchased while away & told us about it. He is an avid Asian art collector. He held this tiny blue enameled box in his hands & felt over it all carefully..."This is the blue one," he said, "it has very fine enamel work & has clusters of flowers...". He then went on to describe the artist's career & showed me how he could tell by feel who crafted it & what it looked like. He is truly amazing!
We were all bushed, so turned in so we could visit more energetically in the morning.

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