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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Location: Vancouver/London, British Columbia/UK, Canada

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, February 11, 2006


14 Sh'vat

Went to Schara Tzedeck last night & today. Spent good, solid, wholesome Shabbat time (read: eating & talking) with Dan, Josie & Mordechai, Avrum, Mia, Morey & Alissa.

Our conversations were full of politics, religion, marriage, gender, geography & philosophy. Then we sang. & went for a walk. Avrum says that the FFB (Frum From Birth: raised Orthodox) Jews in Toronto, where he now lives, don't have the sorts of conversations over the Shabbes table that the Jews in Vancouver do: things that inspire us to wrestle with our faith, challenge our practice. Whether Judaism makes our lives bigger or smaller than they otherwise would be.

Some more of my friends will be making Aliyah (moving to Israel) in the next year or two. I wonder how long it will be before all of us thirty-ish Vancouver Yidden will have picked up & made our home in The Land...

Shavu'ah tov.
A good week.

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Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

That certainly is a beautiful synagogue, Aviel. Went to the site and looked at some pics! Have a good week as well!

11:04 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Yeah, they have the most fantastic windows, eh? :D

12:48 a.m.  

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