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, January 14, 2006


15 Tevet

Last week I was waiting for a client to come over to pick up an illuminated maftir piece I made for them when I caught a slice of Valerie Pringle's "Test of Faith" on Vision TV. Her guests included Douglas Rushkoff, Prof. Rachael Turkienicz, Adrienne Gold & Rabbi Elyse Goldstein.

The Professor & the Rabbi are minor celebrities here in Canada. I've been a huge fan of R' Goldstein since I first saw "Half the Kingdom" 15 years ago & since seeing Dr. Turkienicz in "Judaism: A Quest for Meaning" (no good link, sorry) in '98. We need more women like them. Heck, we need more Jews like them, period.

Rushkoff claimed that Judaism is a means by which we "get over" religion. That G@d has taken away the idols & such & created a void for us to use in order for people to interact with each other, connect with the Earth & so on. He suggested we restore beit midrash in the space of increasing abstraction.

Dr. Turkienicz asserted his writings as being anti-Zionist & saying Judaism is meaningless & suggested to him that he needs to focus his argument.

R' Goldstein stated that she thought his view was simplistic.

Ms. Gold (labelled only as "Orthodox Jew" by the subtitle on the screen) said he was emotionally off course, had no sense of what his next direction might be & that he had factored G@d out of the equation.

It was fascinating for me to catch these few minutes of televised gender collision - he was very constructional & they were very practical. Each time he made a conceptual statement they would counter with real-life examples which disproved his ideas in concrete ways.

Women are very powerful. & scary sometimes. Reality check.
That's Shekhinah for you :}


Blogger Poor Mad Peter said...

Don't forget Michelle Lansberg (also Half the Kingdom)!

All that said, though, I couldn't live in Toronto. The north shore of Lake Superior beats it hollow.

1:37 p.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

That's true - she was a force to be reckoned with! BTW, I'm going to mail Joyce's copy of "Half the Kingdom" back to you guys soon...sorry it's taken me so long :(
Your part of the country is truly stunning, in both a physical & spiritual sense. I grew up in small towns - some as small as Thunder Bay - & I miss many things about them. But Jewish resources are nil in most of these places. I don't actually *want* to live in Toronto - I'm one of the Canadians who loves to hate the place - but the Torah one can access in Toronto & Montreal is fantastic. & Since I already live in the third largest Jewish centre in my country, sometimes tempts me, but they're so flat & so cold there (the cities, not the Jews ;+>).

6:10 p.m.  

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