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.

Monday, June 12, 2006


16 Sivan

In addition to my very long list of kind people in this post, I have many more blessings to thank G@d for:

My apartment: it's in "the shtetl", near all the Orthodox synagogues, kosher organic groceries & pizza, a cinema & coffeeshops, has a great fenced patio (perfect for a sukah) & garden where I grow herbs & veggies. & my landlord is the best - he rents to me below market rate because he knows I'm poor, he makes sure the dryer duct is cleaned & the smoke alarm checked each year & is always responsive.

Israel: I'll be living in Jerusalem for 5 weeks this summer, where I've found an apartment to share with 2 other women. I'll be teaching at Pardes for 3 weeks, plus one day at the Conservative Yeshivah. I'm flying on points. I get to re-connect with all my dear friends in the Land & make some very special pilgrimmages.

My city: I can walk or bike (in a long skirt) anywhere I need to go, but when I wish to go farther afield, like to the woods or back to Victoria, the public transit here is great. This is also just a totally stunning city.

My health: definitely getting back on track as I walk through this journey of mending after fracture.

My career: I'm booked for teaching, writing & repair both locally & abroad until after Simchat Torah. Also, my film was recently honoured by the Yorkton Short Film Festival as Best Documentary Biography.

SO...aside from not actively engaging in that super-sacred relationship we call marriage with a nice Orthodox Jewish man, kosi revaya - my cup overflows.

G@d is taking care of me, B"H.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love to you! This post does my heart good.

2:40 p.m.  
Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

It really is good to write about all the good stuff in our lives, especially after we've been through such a tough time. It all sounds great, Aviel! B"H

8:36 p.m.  
Blogger alto artist said...

I've been following your journey through this blog and just wanted to say that I'm glad to hear you have so many blessings in your life. May they continue to increase!

5:46 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Thanks, anonymous, & I'm glad to hear that.

Regina, it's the good things in our lives which act as a liferaft in the storms we each experience during our time on Earth. It's important not only to keep blessings in our sights, but also to use them to survive - that's what G@d put them there for :)
To refuse to see our good fortune is to refuse to see Ha-Shem.

Ameyn, Alto Artist, & thanks!

8:47 a.m.  

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