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 Soferet.com; 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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

MEGILLAT ESTHER LEARNING

בס"ד

24 Elul

Qeset HaSofer 28 - se'if Dalet, note Hey: (Ve-yeysh makhshirin/there are some who accept as kosher) - & with M"E in a time of emergency, you have to rely on the Makhshirin [those who say it's kosher]. The Pri Megadim ruled that it requires study/deliberation/consideration whether you say a blessing over it [so you can use it, but not say a blessing]. & here I saw in sefer otot chayim he enumerated which parshiyot are the closed ones & which are the open ones: [list of open ones follows]. So here even though we act/retreat with all of them as closed, in any case it seems that with these if we find at their end or if we find all of them are open, you can still read it with blessings (but this is only in an emergency).

Se'if Hey: the 10 sons of Haman we treat this as our custom in our states/provinces to write them on a special column...at the beginning of the first column "ish" ["man"] at the beginning of the line & "et" [definite article] at the end of the line with a blank space in between. On the next line Parshandata at the beginning [blahblahblah & so on]. on the last line with the Vav of Vayezata must be erect with the head slightly bent diagonally & tall...& there are those who say you lengthen this in the reading.

note Vav in Lishkat HaSofer- the genius, our teacher, A"V"V, of blessed memory, this great genius in his explanation wrote that this is an error/mistake/blunder, but the main thing is that there should be the word ISH at the beginning at the row & the ET at the end of the row. & in thruth the one who looks into the marginal annotations sefer mem'gimel, mitzvah gadol will see that yes, this is the intent.
...& in the book sfer adam in the section nishmat ha'adam to all due respect to all those who do otherwise freely/needlessly lengthen the words to bring out the words from their pashut (simple, literal meaning)...

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