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.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

BUSINESS AS USUAL...

בס"ד


YAY! Good news this morning! I now officially have enough students attending my class at the ALEPH Kallah! Barukh HaShem! Barukh Yah!! Barukh HaMaqom!!!

Sunny & warm, naturally, here in the desert...
There's a buzz downstairs here this morning as the ladies are baking for Shabbes. The cookies & cakes smell SO good, but I had chicken for lunch, so no milchik for me :(

I went down to the social hall to make myself some herbal tea (in styrofoam - bluchh) when I was collared by a few of the older ladies who founded this community. "You know, when we built our synagogue 50 years ago, we only had 12 families," one said. I expressed how marvellous that was. "& then more people moved here," she continued.
"If you build it, they will come," I smiled
"Well, & then a lot of them started moving away again..." she frowned.

It's so hot in here, between the spring warmth & the ovens going downstairs. I keep having to lay more sheets of paper down on the Torah to protect it from my shvitzing. I've been standing, working at the bimah for 4 solid daze now. I often stand to work on repairs & this bimah has a terrific angle, so that I can easily reach all parts of the Torahs without straining my back by leaning over too far for hours on end. But the standing does take its toll. I can always tell which synagogues have bothered to install really cushy underfelt beneath their carpets...

Only got into Bemidbar today & I have to finish all the way to the tear near the beginning of Breyshit by tomorrow at 5pm.

Wish me luck!

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