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, October 03, 2005

BE'ROSH HASHANAH...

בס"ד


30 Elul

My Hebrew birthday is tomorrow. Alef Tishrei, or Rosh HaShanah as more people know it. The following is a list of events which happened in Jewish history on that date:


Death of Sarah Imeinu/our mother & Akeidat Yitzchak/the binding of Isaac, 1676 BCE

Birth of Rav Yisroel Abuchatzeira, the Baba Sali (1890-1984)

Death of Rav Yaakov Dovid ben Ze’ev Wilovsky of Slutzk, Chicago and Tsefas (the Ridvaz), one of the great European scholars to come to America. As a consequence of the halachic standards of kashrus that he attempted to impose in Chicago, he eventually had to flee for his life (1845-1914).

Death of Rav Meir Yeudah Leibush ben Yechiel Michel (Malbim). (1809-1879). He was born in Volhynia and was still a child when his father died. He studied in his native town until the age of 13. He then went to Warsaw where he was known as the ‘iluy (prodigy) from Volhynia.’ From 1838 to 1845 he was rabbi of Wreschen, district of Posen, and in the latter year was called to the rabbinate of Kempen, where he remained until 1860; he was thereafter known as "der Kempener." In 1860 Malbim became chief rabbi of Bucharest, Rumania. But he could not agree with the rich German Jews there; they wished to introduce the Reformed rite, and did not shrink even from violence in the pursuit of their aims. By intrigues they succeeded in throwing him into prison, and though he was liberated through the intervention of Sir Moses Montefiore, it was upon the condition that he leave Rumania. He became Rav of Moghilef, on the Dnieper in 1870, but his lack of subservience provoked the resentment of the richer Jews, who denounced him as a political criminal. The governor of Moghilef ordered him to leave town. Malbim then went to Königsberg as chief rabbi of the Polish community, but there he fared no better than in Bucharest and Moghilef; he was continually harassed by the German Jews. His fame and immense popularity rests upon his widely esteemed commentary to Tanach, in which he details the close reationship between the Oral and the Written Law.

Death of Rav Amnon of Mainz, who died on Kidush HaShem(was martyred), while composing the Rosh Hashanah prayer, "Unesaneh Tokef" (1012).

Death of Rav Yitzchak Meir of Kopycznitz (1931).

Death of Rav Shefatia, author of the selicha, “Yisrael Nosha BaHashem,” (886)

Cardinal Caraffa (later to be Pope Paulo IV), with the backing of Pope Julius III, publically burns sefarim in Rome, 15
(this list is chiefly from another website whose name & URL I have long since forgotten & I'm sorry)


As my thoughts turn to teshuvah/repentance, for which we Jews are given the gift of these 10 "daze", I'm publicly encouraging anyone reading this blog who I may have hurt & owe an apology to, to please contact me privately.

As for me, this year has been full of tsuris (troubles). I have been presented with unforseen professional difficulty, intense work-related stress & a home synagogue which is falling apart at the seams. Thank G@d, HaShem has given me one bright spot, my wedding to Joel, as a comfort. I'm trying to have faith that since this year was so incredibly hard, that next year has *got* to be better.

May 5766 bring you blessings, joy & peace!

9 Comments:

Blogger Talmida said...

L'shana tova, Aviel. May the new year be sweeter for you than the last.

And happy Hebrew birthday! :)

3:37 PM  
Blogger Poor Mad Peter said...

Rosh Hashana blessings from us, Aviel.

Say, doesn't tsuri literally mean "rock" or "flint"?

4:15 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

L'shana tovah, Aviel -- may 5766 be filled with more blessings than you can count.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

Aviel,
תכלה שנה וקללותיה
תחל שנה וברכותיה

11:22 AM  
Anonymous jen said...

Goodness me, you know a lot about what happened on your birthday! Good job. Here's hoping you had a nice hag (that just looks wrong doesn't it), and tzom kal, and shana kal generally.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Soferet said...

בס"ד
Talmida, todah rabah for your cherful wish - all I can say is, "Ameyn!"
Oh, & "Happy Wednesday!" ;+>

Peter, thanks for the blessings! Please accept Joel's & my blessings for you, Joyce & Emma for the indefinite future :)
Tzur (or tsur) does mean "rock", & tzuri (or tsuri) means "my rock", as in G@d. Tsuris (also tzuris, tsores, tsouriss, etc) is a Yiddish word based on the Hebrew word tzarah: trouble, woe, affliction, or problem.

Rachel (soon to be Rabbi Rachel), g'mar chatimah tovah ve-shanah tovah u'metuqah! Thank you for your generous wish & may you also reap from that blessing you gave me!

Simon, you're too kind :)

8:49 PM  
Blogger Soferet said...

בס"ד
Oh, Jen!
Thank you! Your comment came in just as I was writing my thanks to the first 4 comments.
I only know about other things that happened on my Hebrew birthday from a place of ego, I'm afraid. But I hope you found it vaguely interesting anyway...
Ameyn to your wishes for the year & the fast - may you too have had a meaningful Rosh HaShanah, a good, peaceful, easy, expansive, healthy, joyful year & an unchallenging fast tomorrow!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Maggid Sarah said...

Happy Birthday Aviel, and L'shanah tovah! I know this year will be awesome for you-- how can it not?
Blessngs friend!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Soferet said...

בס"ד
Thank you, Sarah & Shanah tovah brakhas right back atcha :)

9:14 PM  

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