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, May 06, 2005



I'm giving this d'var at a shul we will be guests at tomorrow:

In honour of Susan Davis, of Seattle.

This week's Parsha begins with G@d urging us to be holy: “Va-y’dabeyr Y_H_V_H el-Moshe Leymor: Dabeyr el-kol-adat b’nai-Yisra’el v’amarta aleyhem qedoshim tih’yu ki qadosh ani Ad@nai Eloqeykhem.”
Which roughly translates (in my world) as: "& Y_H_V_H spoke to Moshe, saying: Speak to the entire community of the Children of Israel, & say to them: “Holy are you to be, for holy am I, Y_H_V_H, your G@d!”

You'll notice it's in the imperative...

Does anyone know the gematria of the word Qedoshim?
Quf = 100
Dalet = 4
Shin = 300
Yud = 10
Mem = 40
Equals 454

454 is the same gematria as “chotam” (feminine is Chotemet) = seal, signet, stamp, mark, imprint.

In Shir HaShirim/Song of Songs 8:6, where the voice of the woman insists to her lover: “Simeni kachotam al libekha…”, "Stamp me like a seal in your heart …” (siman = sign, mark, indication, also: to take shape, to be denoted, to stand out)

What do we call the wedding ceremony in Hebrew?

What does the Chatan, the groom, say to his Kallah, his bride, under the chupah, to make them married?
“Harey et mequdeshet li, b’taba’at zo…”

He says with this ring, you are consecrated to me – you are imprinted on me – you are holy to me!
The ring is the siman, the sign of the marriage & you know what? The word “siman” begins with the letter Samekh…which is shaped like a ring!
& the word “to me”, “li”, is so powerful! In Sh'mot parshat Yitro/Exodus 19:5 it says - "V'atah im-shamo'a tish'mu b'qoli ush'martem et-b'riti vih'yitem li segulah mikal-ha'amim ki-li kal-ha'aretz"
"So now, if you will hearken, yes, hearken to My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be to Me a special-treasure from among all peoples. Indeed, all the earth is Mine:"
The place in the Torah where G@D says to us, "...vih'yitem li segulah..." - " shall be to Me a special-treasure..." - the Lamed and the Yud of "li" - "to Me" or "for Me" are written joined. Our tradition tells us that these two letters in this word are joined at this point in the Torah to show the closeness and intimacy that G@D wishes to share with us. Because if ANY other letters have negiyah (are touching) in a Sefer Torah, that entire Torah is pasul - not kosher. But here?

You know what else the shoresh/ root of Ch-T-M means? To COMPLETE! This is the definition of holiness.

How close, intimate & exclusive these lovers must be to truly become one to authentically experience marriage on every possible level. Just as the lover in the Shir passionately invites, “dedicate your Self to me”, so does G@d passionately invite us, “Dedicate your SELF to me.”

Same as the closeness we can achieve with G@d, only through love, & surrender of the ego. This is the only way to fully cleave our souls into one.

Just as spouses have a unique opportunity to unify with each other, so do we have the unique opportunity to unify with G@d.

Shabbat Shalom.


Blogger Poor Mad Peter said...

Thank you for this meditation, Aviel.

4:16 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

My pleasure, Peter. Thank G@d the Divine gives us so much to work with...

7:54 p.m.  

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