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, November 01, 2004

BS"D


LATE IN THE EVENING

There was much dancing, singing & merrymaking that Shabbes evening. After it began to quiet, & the majority had wound down, we - about 20 of us - younger than most, began to celebrate the Shabat in a more traditional way. We sang so many Shabbes zmirot with such a feeling of love & gratitude & community! & then our bentschen (grace after meals) was lead by Shir-Yaakov - so unbelieveably beautiful. Never in my life have I experienced such heartpiercing passion in thanking G@d for our food. Barukh haShem!

Shabat, August 7th
Woke late & davened on my own, away from the other groups, as I feel very much an outsider here.
After qidush I explored the grounds more broadly than I had the opportunity earlier.
Chazan Motti Fuchs & I kept running into each other. We'd stop whatever we were doing, wherever we were going & trade smiles & stories enthusiastically. I think I spent the greatest portion of my Shabbes, off & on, conversing with him. He was quite wonderful.
& what a voice :)
I think I have more to learn from him.

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