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.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

BS"D

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Tuesday, August 10th
The big adventure I planned today was a visit to A & Y Sofrei Stam on the lower east side. I found them in the yellow pages. I can't wait to go! I've missed being able to browse sofer supply stores, even though it's always stressful due to the "don't-ask-don't-tell" situation I pray for. But seriously, I'm SO excited! I'm already having fantasies of pre-cut, pre-scored mezuzah blanks...I'm such a sofrut nerd!

Later in the day I continued researching this mysterious - & perhaps NOT so mysterious woman in Na"KH: HaSoferet.
Ezra 2:55 states: "The children of Solomon's slaves: The children of Sotai, the children of HaSoferet, the children of Peruda."
("B'nei avdi Shelomoh b'nei-Sotai b'nei-HaSoferet b'nei-Peruda:")
Apparently, these descendants of Solomon's slaves lived among the Jews, but never converted (see RAMBAM, Melachim 6:1)
Nechemyah 7:57 records: "The children of Solomon's slaves: the children of Sotai, the children of Soferet, the children of Perida." ("B'nei avdi Shlomoh b'nei-Sotai b'nei-Soferet b'nei-Perida.")
The oldest physical scrolls we have found yet of either of these book? Ezra 14:23-48 *only* was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran.

Insane...hop on a plane...

I hung out at West Side Judaica that night & tried to find the Drisha's commentaries on the Tur in an affordable format - no dice. It's really hard to do all this research on my own, having *no* money & living in Vancouver. I can't afford to buy the books I need & the people who own them in my town won't lend them to me.
So I returned to the flat & read about the Essenes & Qumran & the scrolls online outside in the city-glow.

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