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.

Saturday, July 29, 2006


5 Av

Erev Shabbat a man forced his way into the Jewish Federation of Seattle & shot several innocent people, including a pregnant woman. One is dead.
Thanks to Jordan for the heads up on this. I worry for my friends who work on behalf of all Jews in the Diaspora, including my home community of Vancouver. May G@d bless the work of their hands.

The weekly message from the head of Federation in Vancouver, newly returned from his trip to the north of Israel, included this statement:

"...while the evacuation of southern Lebanon has been heavily covered by the Western news media, the equally large evacuation of northern Israel is barely a story to the rest of the world. An estimated 500,000-700,000 people have left northern Israel to relocate to the centre and south. The remaining population, mostly the elderly, poor and new immigrants who don't have the family or financial resources to leave, is hunkered down in bomb shelters. The streets are empty. Factories and businesses are shut down. Restaurants and stores are closed. Fruits and vegetables are rotting in the fields. The entire north of Israel has become devoid of life and activity..."

There are thousands of soldiers up there risking their lives so that I could have a pleasant Friday night of prayer & sharing food with Simon & his family, Danya & Steg here in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Yisrael Lau once recounted a story from his childhood. I recall that he told of the last time he saw his big brother before they were separated at Buchenwald Concentration Camp. The elder Lau said to the little boy,
"There is a name of a place you must know. It's called 'Eretz Yisrael'. Remember this name always. No matter what happens, you must repeat this name, so when this is all over & they ask you where you want to go, you must tell them, 'Eretz Yisrael'. Because that is the only place in the World where they do not kill Jews."

I must close this post & my eyes.
Tomorrow it's off to the bindery, in this perpetually besieged country.
The sofrut must go on.

Shavu'ah tov - may you have a good week.

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Blogger alissa said...

Our JCC has extra security outside, and for a moment, it felt like going to the mall in Israel: having my bag searched, my ID taken.

Sadly, there were reporters all around the shul on Shabbat, just waiting to get someone to talk about how it felt to be a Jew with a target on our head. As I asked my neighbour: "have you ever had to go through security, a bag check and an ID check to go swimming at the Y?"

My prayers are with the families in Seattle.

5:34 p.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Oy va-voy. Yes, well, when some people think that it's acceptable to murder whoever happens to be around when they feel like expressing their anger, all of us who are potential victims simply be virture of the fact that we are Jews, must have our lives curbed & restricted in small ways.

I feel sick at the thought of the pregnant Jewish woman shot in the arm at this incident. Is nothing sacred?

How are Abba & Karen doing, Alissa?

12:01 a.m.  

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