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, November 14, 2004

BS"D

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES

Shabat, August 21st
After my ethics & Halakhah tantrum last night, I felt better in the morning after the sleep. But nothing has changed. I felt surly, so I wore my nightgown & flip-flops to Darchei Noam for services. Nobody would ever know it's a nightgown - it's a beautiful, simple dress that Kyla brought home for me from Islamabad. So I just look very tsenu'ah (modest/hidden) in it.
As is customary with synagogues, guests from out of town are offered aliyot, the opportunity to approach the Sefer Torah & bless the readings. A woman approached me & offered me an aliyah, but I smiled & refused. I thanked her very much, but I was hoping that Joel would be offered an aliyah & I didn't want to minimise his chances. Besides, I felt wierd accepting an aliyah after all these years of not performing gabbai duties or leading services. Funny. I'll write a Torah, but I won't read from one - publicly, at least. Actually, it isn't that. It's just that I don't feel comfortable doing that in front of men. Darchei Noam has a mechitzah, a separation between the men & women, which I deem essential to prayer, but they allow both men & women up on the bimah at the same time for the Torah reading. Meet The *New* Modern Orthodoxy. Joel wasn't offered an aliyah after all, & later he told me he wished I'd taken the opportunity, since there are no Orthodox shuls at home which do this. Oh well, next time.
There were snacks at the qidush & we hung around for a while, but nobody greeted or even noticed us. We made lunch back at the flat. Then I took a nap. Struggling with gender/sexual orientation/calling makes me very tired.
debates, conversations, wonderings
another nap
that's all

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