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 01, 2005

ON BEING A ROLE MODEL

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By writing on the subject of women being permitted to act as Jewish ritual scribes, I am careful to not sound like I'm giving p'sak Halakhah (rendering a legal judgement). I am not a posek, neither am I a rabbi nor am I even a scholar...just a soferet. Or no more than an elightened fool to some. Being the vanguard in this field is a grave responsibility which is sometimes frightening & always humbling. I am not in love with my cause, however I have a deep faith that pioneering this area of Jewish ritual & practice for women was always my calling. To be honest, each time I have tried to evade this destiny, G@d has whipped me back onto my netiv, my path & sent me forward.

I have a healthy fear of celebrity. I'm not into the celebrity culture aspect of being an artist or a figure of religious leadership. To me it represents extinction. The more people know about you, the less they want to try to figure out what you have to say with your work, and the less credibility you have. & loss of credibility in the practice of sofrut means loss of work.

Persistence of Vision is the key.

I continually remind myself: "Don't pay attention to the media, don't look behind you like Lot's wife, just face forward & walk your path."

With G@d's help

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