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; 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, July 17, 2006


21 Tamuz

Maggie Anton is a researcher & the author of books & articles about Jews in Medaeval France, particularly the free, almost "feminist" lives of women under the leadership of Rashi. Please do have a look at her fab piece, Rashi & his Daughters which appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of Judaism, a quarterly mag.

It mentions Rashi's great-granddaughter, Dulcie (or Dolce) who I suspect may have been a soferet. Also some of the practical, respectful decisions he made allowing women to take on the same commandments as men, such as tallit & tefillin.

Over 900 years ago & we're still fighting about it. Why, people?

My fave quote from this article?

"In two comments we hear the sublety of Rashi's reasoning: In his commentary to Talmud Betzah 2b, 'The authority of those who prohibit arbitrarily means little, for anyone can hand down a prohibition even in matters that are permissible.' And in his commentary to Talmud Ketubot 7a, 'Anyone can be stringent merely out of doubt, whereas leniency requires a conclusion based on knowledge or tradition.'"

Ameyn ve-amyen selah!
Ad kan, even.

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