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, February 20, 2005

FEBRUARY 2005: A SEA OF LETTERS

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My friend Kyla, a Master's candidate in Religious Studies, ICQ'ed this to Joel the other day:

"I got to talk to my class about Aviel today, using her work as an example of being a radical figure in an orthodox tradition while exemplifying the orthodox tradition and so dismantling both the liberal feminist model of "working within the system" meaning "adopting a male gender role" and the radical feminist model of "damn it all, I'm going to worship a tree" (nauzubillah). :) They were sort of buggy eyed, I really enjoyed that."

I had never thought of my work & life & choices in this way. & had I, I certainly could not have expressed them so succinctly. Never having attended university, I can think, but I cannot always write those thoughts eloquently. Perhaps that is why I became a copyist of the words of others...

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