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.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

DAY THREE WITH REB MILES & REBBE NACHMAN

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July 3rd, 2003 (would have been my parents' 38th wedding anniversary)
BEWARE OF EXCESSIVE THINKING!
Rebbe Nachman says sometimes don't even start thinking.

The more Emunah (faith) you cultivate, the more Tamim (sweet) you become. The best way to serve G@d is as a Tam (sweet person) - Tamimut (sweetness) is not trying to show how much we know, how smart we are...not an adolescent show-off betraying insecurity
...G@d just wants us to show up...

In Olam HaBa, the World to Come = no difference between the knower & the knowledge & the knowing
Intellectual union with G@d
Ultimate spiritual achievement
Immortality
Tachlis (basics, bottom line, end point)

Intelligibles = only exist in the mind/neuroshpere

Chabad loves RaMBaM...the metaphysics are chassidish shita of the RaMBaM with Ari added
...maskil seychel muskal
...chokhmah binah da'at

Acting with consciousness of the divine source = mitzvot = linkages between heaven & earth

Olam HaBa doesn't need intellect to come, it needs Emunah = tachlis

If you're ever so troubled by your pain that you lose sight of Olam HaBa, then close your eyes & stop talking. Look inside yourself & see Olam HaBa manifesting. Why? Because what do people do when they want to see something that's far away? They squint. This method is sufficient. This is not enlightenment but a meditative experience.



A series of existential encounters/experiences with G@d, interrupted by "real life".

Yir'ah (awe) must proceed Chokhmah (wisdom)! "Reishit Chokhmah yir'at HaSHem..." ("The Beginning of wisdom is the awe of G@d..."

Halakhic permission is how I express my YIR'AT SHAMAYIM (awe of Heaven) (-ab)!

If you don't have yir'at shamayim, I'm not sure mitzvahs are mitzvahs, because how can you connect Heaven & Earth with your actions?

Yir'ah = ultimate respect (for Heaven)
Ko'ach HaMidameh = minimal respect (for Heaven)

Groucho Marx was a closet Breslover.

The best thing to say to the Inner Chacham is, "Shut up".

We're all swimming in the same Or Ayn Sof (Light of the Eternal One) & we can't get out, so we need to recognize that we aren't really separate.

The Chakham is negative & critical & makes himself miserable (wants to be superior)
The Tam is accepting & open & is amazed & appreciative (doesn't care about being superior = very secure)

Einstein was a closet Tam. He did his science with humility.

Depression = separation from G@d

If you go with the simplicity, it doesn't mean you can't access the high achievements/actions/knowledge
Rest on the spiritual foundation & work from there.

Tortoise - - - - - - - - - - Hare
Tam Chakham
Lives deeply Good starter, but doesn't finish the race

Tachlis = Da'at = real Mensch = Emunah = Seychel

If you lose your Da'at, you drop down a level. You lose the quality of Yir'at Shamayim, of being cognizant of where you came from & what's coming. Then the Ko'ach HaMidameh rules us & the Zikhron is impaired, nofleh shi'ah = we fall into forgetfulness, spiritual sleep. It leads to Eyin Ra & Lashon HaRa.

"I am imaged through the hand of the Prophets." (Hoshe'a)

Yad = simcha
Whatever you reach out to do, do with joy.
Prophets get into a state to receive through music.
(David HaMelekh, Elisha in Kings needs a musician to hook him up)

NIGGUNOLOGY!

How can you make a niggun out of what's inside of you?

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