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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Location: Vancouver/London, British Columbia/UK, Canada

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.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005



This morning: Blessèd news from Citizenship & Immigration Canada - I have officially been approved as a sponsor for Joel! Which means he only has to be accepted by the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo now before he can receive Canadian residency! & then we'll be able to live together here in Vancouver once he emigrates! Barukh HaShem!
We were so relieved at the news that Joel recited the "hatov vehameytiv" blessing :)
We've spent close to a thousand dollars on our application, between the fees & his medical exam; that doesn't include the countless hours spent on filling out innumerable forms, getting fingerprints done & printing photos of our engagement party, wedding, etc...
...& still another thousand dollars to spend on his "landing fee". Which is basically an immigration tax. It's been a real struggle for us financially, but how else are two people from different countries supposed to make a home together?

So that was today's gift....

Today's loss was that our poor car, an '86 Escort which was given to us by Joel's Uncle Harvey so we could court (thanks, Harvey :D), decided it was time to go into a coma. Right at the corner of East Broadway & Commercial Drive, too! At rush hour! G@d sure has a sense of humour.
So my hero Joel rode his bike to my rescue, a trucker named Aldo helped us out (thank G@d), we joined BCAA & got towed to our local mechanic.

Tomorrow we'll find out whether we fix the car or pay the rent...

As Tevye said in "Fiddler on the Roof", in response to Perchik's statement that "money is the world's curse":


Anonymous Jen said...

YAY on the immigration! I hear you on the cost. Appalling, isn't it? More YAY, and congratulations :)

5:16 a.m.  
Blogger Talmida said...

Congratulations on the immigration, what good news! Too bad about the car -- but if BCAA is the same as AMA, it's a good thing you joined -- they can come and help if you lock your keys in the car, too. ;-D

6:18 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Jen - THANK YOU! Yes, very much Yay happening in the Rothschild household at the mo'. & because of our being legally married, because he is in the process of being approved, Canada Customs cannot refuse him entry as it is considered an unreasonable hardship on a married coulpe to be separated, according to the Immigration Act. So very much Yay, indeed :)
& there's no reason why he'll be refused, as he's a good boy...
...& yes, the cost is very difficult to bear for a newly married young couple who live frugally.

Talmida - oh, yeah! When I first got my license I was forever locking my keys in my Chevette & letting the battery die by accidentally leaving the parking lights on or by driving somewhere & sketching on the hood of the car whilst listening to the radio...oops!

10:56 a.m.  
Anonymous shanna said...

Have you been living a commuter marriage? I didn't know! J and I did that for most of a year (in addition to many years of long-distance dating)'s terrible. May you be together soon!

7:06 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

No we aven't been commuting since we got married, as Canada can be permissive with spouses to an extent. Joel still officially lives in the USA, but he spends most of his time up here in our home. Immigration as been keeping track of him, so all's cool with that.
But when we were engaged there eas a LOT of backing & forthing & it was sadmaking.
Tanks for your wish for us - may he be granted residency soon!

9:31 a.m.  

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