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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Shabat, August 13th
The laid-back ease of the Blueberry Jam & the friendliness of the folks here have finally helped unwind me from the tensions I built up on the road & encountered at Elat Chayyim. It's also given me a chance to think. Every spare moment I spend reading, in-putting, so I don't always allow myself the time & the space to process.

I consider myself equally obligated as any male Jew to write a Sefer Torah with yirat Shomayim & this is a religiously authentic drive to perform the 613th mitzvah in the service of G@d. My motivation is not mishum yoharah (religious exhibitionism). & I am not attempting to ignore or undermine halakhic authority, as we have halakhic permission for women to write Sifrei Torah. & what is Judaism, after all, without the Halakhic process?

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