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.

Monday, August 22, 2005



17 Av

We spent a sloooow day getting oriented to this large, flat, multi-ethnic, poly-lingual city. Thankfully, we are near the Métro, lots of Yidden & kosher everything! YAY!
The people of this ancient (by New World standards - it's over 300 years old) town are famous for their attitude & beauty, regardless of their origins. & really, it's Jewish Canadian Paradise, IMHO. If I (read we) were to move to a larger Jewish centre, it would be Montréal, not Toronto. Just have to work on my Joual...
...& who cares about the giant glowy neon cross atop Mount Royal? Mordechai Richler's buried in that park!

We headed to Byron's place & hung out with him in the afternoon - he lives by this funky street mall of chi-chi (pronounced shee-shee: it means "posh") boutiques & haberdasheries. Very cool. & flat. Everything here is so flat. Not as flat as southern Ontario, but still...yikes.

Later we had dinner at Chez Benny, which is a glatt grill paradise. Can one use the word "paradise" too often when describing Montréal? I think not.
The beef & chicken were amazing & the bonus was I didn't lose my wallet this time!


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