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.

Monday, April 10, 2006

PRESENCE

בס"ד
13 Nisan


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4 Comments:

Blogger blackherring said...

I know, I know ... in Vancouver!

9:09 AM  
Blogger Soferet said...

בס"ד
:) das right!
Hey, I'm so sorry that I didn't call you before I left NY, so I'm publicly apologising to you right now. You drove up to see me, so calling was the least I could do. Besides, I wanted to call you! I'll try you during Pesach...bli neder...
I wish we could have spent more time together & some alone, too - maybe next time! Or if you & W come to Lotusland, know you have a home here, ok?

So - the above picture is of what my mentor-sofer wrote the first time he watched me form my letters. I was nervously writing the letter Bet, the letter he started me on, over & over as he sat next to me at his drawing table. When I finished my first line, I looked up to accept his criticism when I saw him writing this sideways at 90 degrees with great ease.

It was his subtle way of reminding me I had to always be present with The Work.

Since I returned from learning with him almost 3 years ago, it has hung on the wall above my workspace, directly at my eye level.

Where are you?

10:02 AM  
Blogger Maggid Sarah said...

Here, of Course.

Hag Sameach!

12:05 AM  
Blogger Soferet said...

בס"ד
...because wherever you go, there you are!
:)
Chag Pesach kasher ve-same'ach!

8:35 AM  

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