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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

YAD VA-SHEM

בס"ד
20 Nisan/6 Pesach

I dedicate this amulet to the victims of the pigu'a/terrorist bombing in Tel Aviv, may the dead rest in peace, may the injured recover their wholeness, & may their loved ones have the strength to support them & heal the trauma.
I dedicate this also to my grandfather's cousins who were killed 100 years ago in the Great San Francisco Earthquake. May the memory of those children, whose generations were cut off, be only for a blessing.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Carly said...

Wow -- that's really beautiful. I love the line quality. And the blue and white are really striking.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

What is "tzmarchad" (or whatever that word/abbreviation is)?

3:35 PM  
Blogger Soferet said...

בס"ד
Hey, Carly, thanks a lot :)
I forgot to put the art-details at the bottom of the pic like I normally do:
Blue lightfast ink on vegetable parchment.

Thanks for asking, Alisha - I can always count on you to ask what everything means in the amulets I write...

This qame'a (protection amulet) is based on an old, traditional Bulgarian Jewish Hamsa ("hand-shaped", or "five"). "Yerushalayim" is written along the middle finger, which symbolizes the element of Earth.
The centre of the Mageyn David/Star of David, reads "H' Sh@dai", the Letter Hey being an abbreviation for Ha-Shem, The Name. Sh@dai is the name of G@d which means "that which is enough" (among other translations) - sheh-dai.
On either side of the star are the letters Khaf-Mem-Yud-Lamed on the right & Lamed-Bet-Dalet on the left. These are initials for Psalm 91:11 - Ki mal'akhav yetzuveh lakh, lish'marekha b'khol d'rakhekha.
"For He will give His angels charge over you, to keep/guard/protect you in all your ways."

As for the word at the bottom, tzmrkhd, at first I thought, "What does 'blunted wool' mean (tzemer kod)?"
But then I remembered that strange words appearing on qame'ot & segulot are usually acronyms for angel names, invoking their presence.
There are 4 Worlds in Kabbalah, & different angels belong to different types. In the World of Asiyah, the angel
Tzadqi'el the Charity-giver is from the Chish'meylim or Electrifying Ones.
Mikha'el the G@d-imitator is of the B'nai Eloqim, which means Children of G@d.
Rafa'el the Healer belongs to the Malakhim or Messengers class.
Kruvi'el the Embracer is, you guessed it, representative of the Kruvim or Out-reachers &
Dini'el the Judgement-binder is from the Eyshim or Firey angels.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Soferet said...

בס"ד
Oh, & also...
TzMRKhD is an acronym for the final letters of verses B'reyshit/Genesis 1:1-5, the First Day:

א  בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ.

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.


ב  וְהָאָרֶץ, הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ, וְחֹשֶׁךְ, עַל-פְּנֵי תְהוֹם; וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים, מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם.

2 Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.


ג  וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים, יְהִי אוֹר; וַיְהִי-אוֹר.

3 And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light.


ד  וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאוֹר, כִּי-טוֹב; וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים, בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.


ה  וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לָאוֹר יוֹם, וְלַחֹשֶׁךְ קָרָא לָיְלָה; וַיְהִי-עֶרֶב וַיְהִי-בֹקֶר, יוֹם אֶחָד.  {פ}

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. {P}

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