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, August 23, 2005



18 Av

Still recovering from all the teaching & travelling, so spent much of today resting. We just couldn't stay away, so we late lunch at Chez Benny! Oh, but it was so very succulent! I highly recommend this place if you are a meat-monger, even if you don't keep kosher. It even has veggie options, so bring your parve friends!

This afternoon we went to the chupah of one of my favourite people in the world!!! I've known Josa since she was 13. She's one of Byron's "little" sisters. Byron, of course, being the only man in the world I can truly call my brother. I don't have any male siblings, but even if I did, Byron is a true friend.

It was held at the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, the oldest congregation in Canada & the one where Dr Norma Joseph's husband is the rabbi. At first, Joel & I were a bit afraid that we'd look a little schlumpy compared to all the Montréalers. They're known to be snappy dressers & intimidate all other Canucks in the fashion department. But there was enough of a West Coast contingent there that we didn't stand out :)

Anyway, the Kallah was stunningly beautiful, the ritual mysterious, & the celebration joyful without limit. I also connected with several old frinds & got the opportunity to introduce them to the hubby.

I told Josa a midrash about the letter Chet, as they were married on Yud-Chet Av. That one of the things that Chet symbolises is a Vav, the groom, & a Zayin, the bride, as they dance happily together holding the handkerchief between them.
Mazal tov to everyone!


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