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.

Monday, September 19, 2005

WHO DO YOU LOVE?

בס"ד


15 Elul

The subject of avoda zara (idol worship) has been occupying my consciousness more heavily than usual lately, so here is more on that: Leviticus Rabbah 22:6 states:

"R' Pinchas in the name of R' Levi: A simile to a prince whose heart [reason] has forsaken him and who was used to eating carcasses and forbidden meat. Said the king, let these dishes be always on my table, and of himsef he will get weaned. So also, since since Israel was eagerly attached to idolatry and its sacrifices in Egypt...G@d said: Let them always bring their sacrifices before Me in the tabernacle and thus they will detach themselves from idolatry and be saved."


So...we are above this behaviour - we can do better & therefore must , for the sake of our souls & for the whole world. Also, G@d will tolerate certain intolerable activities on a temporary basis in order to, looking long term, help His people closer to Him. Like getting your heroine addict onto methadone as a step toward getting clean.
The stream of Judaism you ascribe to? Is it a brand-name that dictates what socio-political-religious line you tow, or does it best guide you toward what G@d expects of you in your life, as you understand it?

Idolatry can be defined as: treating the non-ultimate as though it were the ultimate.

What is the ultimate in your life - your desires or G@d's path for you? Mitzvah Meyuchedet!
The Ishbitzer writes about this. He says (I'm paraphrasing) what is the strength of Levi? Levi didn't always play it safe. He exhibited a willingness to place himself in safeyq (doubt). Levi's strength is to stand at the edge. G@d requires something unique from each person He embodies. So when you're too afraid to follow your derekh, think of Levi. Creation needs the quality of Levi to live within each of us.

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