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; 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.

Saturday, October 15, 2005



13 Tishrei

You know, G@d (or G-d, or Gd, or G*d, or just plain God - whatever you want to call Him/Her/It) is so gracious.

Think about how we get the nutrition for our bodies. I mean, all the vitamins & minerals we need are basically in the soil, but G@d didn't create us so that we'd just eat dirt to sustain ourselves. He could have, but He didn't. He created all sorts of beautiful plants which grow many kinds of gorgeous fruit or vegetables, roots & seeds. I think that G@d , if I may be so bold, really wanted us to enjoy eating, take pleasure in taking sustenance. So He created not only these wondrous delicacies, but wide eyes to enjoy their shapes & colours, a receptive nose to inhale their aromas, responsive fingers to explore their surfaces & interiors & a sensitive tongue to savour their complex textures & flavours. This is one of the ways we connect with The Holy One, by accepting these "extra" gifts. He could have created us in a way that we would have survived sufficiently on handfuls of earth - which would have made sense considering we each are "adam", "Earthling", formed by His hand from the adamah, Earth.

It's random realisations like this which support my confidence that G@d created us with purpose & with care.
Ameyn selah & shavu'ah tov. A good week to all.


Blogger Poor Mad Peter said...

I could be mistaken, but this reads like the Dayenu (sp?), in the sense that it would have been enough to have created us so, but instead you went beyond that, and gave us so, etc etc. A wonderful hymn to God's goodness, Aviel.

6:48 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Oh, wow - you're right, Peter. I never even noticed that. Thanks for pointing it out to me %)

9:48 a.m.  

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