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; 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, November 07, 2004



Later on, Friday August 20th...
Prepping for Shabbes was a joy today. I don't know why it isn't more often. Possibly the simplicity of the digs. R' Dave's place, a one-bedroom flat near Riverside Park, contained all that was needed, either by accident or design. I want to express once again how totally generous he was in allowing me to stay there in his abscence. After weeks being a literal, not just a proverbial, wandering Jew, there was a safe silence & a stable privacy that this place brought to me, which was seriously lacking after sleeping in the open car in parking lots & camping haphazardly. Who knew that such peace & quiet could be so easily found on Manhattan Island?
When I look back on those days spent in R' Dave's flat, I feel nothing but gratitude & remember nothing but goodness. May he have ten times the goodness he did me come back to him! The soft sky-lit bathroom, cosy kitchen, the warm dark wood, downy bed, the flat level desk I worked on with such pleasure, open 5th-floor deck, my new friend the betta fish & the books...oh, *all* the books!!!
I miss that place. & will be eternally grateful for R' Dave for allowing me access to it & its treasures. It was, for a very short time, well & truly my home.
Thank you, R' Chayim David...
You are a blessing.
I prepared food for the outdoor potluck Qabalat Shabat I was going to attend in the Park, bentsched licht & proceeded on with the holy Seventh Day...


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