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.

Thursday, December 02, 2004



Tuesday, August 24th
e-mail campaign gathering guests for chupah...helped our mothers find transport from the west coast on 2 days noticed...arranged with R' Neal all synagogue, beach & reception logistics...breakfast, lunch, dinner with Adam, Maggie & their ginger tabby with Adam at the corner grocery...met his prof who was a fabulous Fringe Frum Jew & I want to stay in orbit with R' Gafni re ketubah wording...

The only full story I recall from these hastily taken notes is that when I told Adam's prof (whose name escapes me, I'm sad to say) that I was going to Massachusetts to get married, she wished me mazal tov, asked me all kinds of happy questions & then apologised to me because she assumed that my "partner" was male. I didn't understand, until Adam explained to me that gay marriages were still allowed in that state, so she thought I was going *there* to get married because I was a lesbian. I laughed, told her she had nothing to apologise for, & smilingly told her that I just didn't know that about Massachusetts. "I'm Canadian," I grinned,"if I wanted to marry a woman, I could do that at home." & yes, I explained to her that I was in fact, straight, & that the whole Massachusetts thing was because that's where the rabbi was who'd offered to marry us. I really liked her, though, & she was really into what I was doing, you know, writing a Torah, & I was all excited about the work she was doing at Yale as well...

It was a sunny, fast, wild day...

Posted by Soferet to Netivat Sofrut at 12/2/2004 01:25:30 AM


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