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.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

SOMETIMES WHEN WE UNITE THE SACRED, THE HOLINESS IS SO OVERWHELMING THAT IT SHATTERS THAT WHICH IS MEANT TO CONTAIN IT

בס"ד
T"U b-Sh'vat


(sigh)
Kabalah, eh?
But not just Kabalah, physics too. When you have much water to hold, you need a deep enough bowl; when you have something of great weight, you need a broad, sturdy support to ensure its safety.

MeFoRaSHYHVH

Copyright A. Barclay. Brown "Calli" ink on natural vegetable parchment.
Amulet dividing the unified; Shem Ha-Meforash Y-H-V-H or "The Living Name Pronounced as it is Spelled". The Lost Word. The Unutterable.

Its gematria is 26, the total of the numbers of the sefirot of the middle pillar of the Eytz Chayim/Tree of Life: 1+6+9+10. Keter plus Tiferet plus Yesod plus Malkhut.

This piece is meant for meditation on the Most Divine Name, before its overwhelming unity is achieved. Because one is not allowed to divide This Name after it has been written, the compartments must be drawn first, before the letters are written. The resulting two-letter Names still retain a level of qedushah, of holiness; however their inherent powerful presence is more manageable for humans...less intensely full & focused.

Tonight we celebrated the New year of the Trees: T"U b'Sh'vat igiya, chag ha-ilanot...
Many-coloured wines, tree-fruits, nuts, olives, carob...one of the most sensual meals of the Jewish Year.

Enjoy!


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3 Comments:

Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

This is so interesting, Aviel... one of the tremendous things I am learning as I continue on my path of conversion to Judaism is just how sacred, how truly powerful the Name of the Lord is... it is unutterable indeed...

10:37 AM  
Blogger chanie said...

learn some chassidus.....

11:44 PM  
Blogger Soferet said...

בס"ד
Shalom to you, Chanie & welcome :)
Great suggestion. Actually, I love learning Tanya, Tomer Devorah & Sefer Pardes Rimonim. What about you?

10:06 AM  

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