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.

Friday, April 29, 2005



This just in from my Rabbi, Schachar Orenstein:

"On the Seventh Day of Pesach we crossed the Sea of Reeds. The Sfas Emmes teaches that the seventh day of Pesach is like
Shabbos in comparison with the other [six] days of Pesach. For on this day was achieved the purpose of the redemption. On the first day of Pesach we left from being 'the slaves of Pharaoh', to becoming 'the servants of Hashem'. On the seventh day of Pesach we entered the level of being 'banim'- the children of Hashem...."

This is such a touching reminder to me (Aviel) of this night, 6 years ago. I had the unparallelled honour of being present in the birthing room of my very dearest friends, R' David & Michal. She wore a birth dress, a handmade gorgeous blue decorated with crimson tzitzit & gold angel names - a wearable qame'a (amulet), if you like. This garment is passed from woman to woman specifically to be worn during this time of personal & global transition - the welcoming of a new Israelite.

After little Miriam Shefa Netzach was born (not so little now, kena hora) she & her ema rested together as her aba recited qidush right there in the hospital, in his hawai'ian shirt & tzitzit :)

She then had a taste of her first chag, her first sancitified wine, even before she had ever nursed.

Yom Huledet Same'ach, Miriam. May you live to 120!
Shabbat Shalom...chag same'ach


Blogger Poor Mad Peter said...

Aviel, how do you pronounce "ema" and who is the ema--mother? grandmother? Wonderful reminiscence. Thank you.

4:21 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Peter! What on earth are you doing up so late?!?
"Ema" is pronounced "EEE-mah" & means "mummy". "Eym" (pronounced "aim") means mother.
Glad you liked the tale. The experience changed my life :)

1:12 a.m.  

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