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, April 16, 2006

PROVERB

בס"ד
19 Nisan/5 Pesach


I was researching further the small, large & backwards letters in the Torah & came across the Rashi commentary on Parshat Shoftim Devarim/Deuteronomy 18:13 where it says, "You will be whole-hearted with the L@rd your G@d." The First letter of that verse is enlarged. The Tav of Tamim, pure- or whole-hearted. Totally sincere. You won't find this oddity in every Sefer Torah you read, as this large Tav isn't one of those letters Halakhically required by "Midrash Rabbah Aqim". It is a later addition by Kabbalist rabbis.

Rashi was a wise teacher. He said about this pasuk that it meant, "...Walk with Him wholeheartedly & hope in Him. Pry not into the veiled future, but accept whatever lot befalls you. Then will you be His people & His portion..."

Teacher Daniel
Mishlei/Proverbs 13:14 copyright A. Barclay; lightfast ink on vegetable parchment.

Shavu'ah tov!




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