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, November 09, 2005

FURTHER MEGIILLAT ESTHER STUDY

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7 Cheshvan

Qeset Hasofer pereq [chapter] 28 se'if 7: What a few soferim are accustomed to do is that each time The Holy One is hinted at, to write that with the beginning letters of the words or the end letters of the words larger (roshei teyvot & sofei teyvot), but one should desist at the outset. In any case, you don't declare pasul this sort of writing or Megilot that are written like this & you can use it after the fact.

Se'if Chet: A Megilah that is written with vowel marks or the trope marks, or similarly if they wrote in it on the first page the blessing over the reading or liturgical poems, it isn't invalid because of this. But you should never write these things in it. & if the shaliach tzibur isn't familiar with the chanting & there isn't anyone there to help him read it then it's even permitted to write the trope marks in after the fact, or it could be read without chanting.

Se'if Tet: A Megilah that was written with the left hand [if the scribe is right-handed], or if a woman wrote it or if a minor [child under the age of 13] wrote it, some say that it's pasul & some say it's kosher.

Lishkat HaSofer note 7 in Se'if Tet: "ve-yesh makshirim" - "some say it's kosher". In the Birkey Yosef it's written that one should be in doubt that if a woman that wrote a Megilah, it may not be kosher. & he wrote in order to admonish/reprove what Rambam wrote, that the hide used for a Megilah doesn't need to be processed lishma [for the sake of Heaven], evidence that not every matter is the Megilah compared to/similar to a Sefer Torah.

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