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, April 15, 2005

BEWARE THE SKUNK OF JUDGEMENT

BS"D


We had quite the interesting late-night encounter with a skunk in our garden. The little chap (or chappette, I suppose) unearthed some of our onions, then proceeded to dig the most enormous hole in our compost. Clear down to the clay. & he didn't care for parsnips, which he chomped on then cast aside. He then made scat on my bike wheel & left.

I see these confident creatures as the opposite of a Sefer Torah. A little White Fire on much Black Fire. Not much Chesed (lovingkindness) with a lotta Din (judgement). Thus the nasty trick they do with their tails. The Hebrew for "skunk" is "bo'eysh". The gematria of "bo'eysh" is 309, same as that of the word "leper". Perhaps there is a connexion there: Biblically, if we express our judgement of others in the form of lashon hara (evil speech), then we are stricken with tazria. It's popularly traslated as "leprosy", however the description in the Torah of this disease shows clearly that it is another affliction. Interesting, though, how lashon hara is so like skunk spray...

Bo'eysh Din.

Shabbat Shalom.

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