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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005



Fixing another Torah today, B"H. I feel so exhilarated when I correct G@d's 4-letter name! Because there is nothing *but* G@d. G@d's being-name, YHVH, its ineffable IS-ness, is threaded through the entirety of Creation. So each time I add ink to make whole these letters, I sense a deep tiqun not "just" of The Name, but of everything.

It is more humbling to write G@d's name, but more inspiring to heal it.

I sat in the sanctuary facing the Aron Qodesh, meditating on The Name. Breathing it.
Inhale: Yud
Exhale: Hey
Inhale: Vav
All is One.

So much sewing today, my fingertips were raw by lunchtime :(

Wow, I am *so* tired today...

The Red Rose tea box advertises the Noah's ark animal figurines you can collect with purchase. I looked at the pictures of the animals & noticed their positions as follows:

Male elephant: striding, head up, trunk extended
Female elephant: standing, head & trunk down
Male zebra: standing, head up
Female zebra: lying, head up
Male rhinoceros: standing head up
Female rhinoceros: standing, head down
Goose: sitting, head to the side
Gander: standing, head down
Ram: standing, head up
Ewe: standing, head down
Rooster: standing, head up
Chicken: sitting, head up
Lion: lying, head up
Lioness: lying, head down

Why do all the female ones (with the exception of the goose) have to be submissive or less active? This is a contradiction, especially for the lioness - the females do all the hunting as the lions snooze all day. Does Wade have some kind of hidden agenda for its porcelain figurines? Males don't constantly hunt & fight & females are not constantly in whelp...although you might not know that if you look at some of the fascinating & creative ways Halakhah is formulated ;+>

After lunch I mused about how people keep their whole lives on their hard drives & that when the world comes crashing in we'll have so much to let go of. But we Jews, we keep our Torah on skin. It will be with us forever...

Can you imagine someone having the entire Torah tattooed on their body?!? Gives a whole new definition for "Living Torah"...


Anonymous evgenya said...

a) beautiful thoughts about writing/healing G@D's name! thank you

b) I hope you contact the source of those depicted animals and give them hell for it. That sort of stuff drives me bonkers!

c) I'll just focus on you fixing Torahs rather than fuming at the 'artist's' submissive lioness.

d) full-body tatoo of the Torah? definitely an unfortunate image.

8:06 p.m.  
Anonymous Jen said...

Ewww, a full-body Torah? That would make for some REALLY un-tzniut Torah readings. And how would you ever go to the bathroom?

6:34 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

I guess you'd have to wear a crown & a mantle to the loo...& use a yad ;+>

10:06 a.m.  
Blogger Poor Mad Peter said...

Actually, I had the image of a chalkboard when you wrote about lives on our hard drives, and how easily a chalkboard is erased. And truly, we will have nothing left if we don't render these lives in some more durable fashion.

3:50 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Ev -
a) It's my pleasure to both receive & to share
b) I'm too busy to yell at a figurine company
c) Excellent
d) Read or watch the Pillow Book.

5:30 p.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Peter - yes, I agree. We need the physical, whether in a sculpture or musical instument or a painting or a human voice to remind us of our origins & keep everything actualised. CDs & laptops & all that is really cool, but are dependant on Ether, rather than Earth.

5:34 p.m.  

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