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.

Friday, February 11, 2005

WHO IS SHE?

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Rabbi Fern Feldman wrote to me & the Women's Torah Project committee last week, with the following:

"Hi all,
Just returned from a training where I met a rabbi who is training to be a sofer, and he told me that his sofer told him a story that he says is in the rabbinic literature, but he (my acquaintance) is not sure where, that there was a rebbetzin who scribed a Torah, to prove that it could be done.  The rabbis had said that it wasn't acceptable, but when they saw how beautiful it was once it was done, they said that this one was acceptable, because it was so beautiful. 
I asked him to track down the story for me, and just emailed him a reminder.  Will keep y'all posted if I hear back from him.
shabbat shaom, Fern"

To which my reply was:

"WOw - that's really something. I'm dying to know more about this mysterious woman, so definitely keep me posted! I have all sorts of detailed questions about this situation, too.
Thanks for letting us all know,
A"

So exciting that sofrot are coming out of the woodwork! Because of this, women who wich to act a Jewish ritual scribes will not necessarily have to rely on a Halakhic minority opinion (albeit from some broadly accepted Rishonim & Acharonim), they could also rely on precedent! The quest to expand women's roles continues...

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