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.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

T MINUS SIX & COUNTING

בס"ד
17 Tamuz


I leave for Israel in less than a week, thank G@d. Some of my friends & family are worried, what with the increased rage, escalated violence & two fronts to this latest crisis. I understand their concern. I feel nauseous. & it's not just all the fasting today. But the purpose which brings me there this time is to teach Torah, so I must go.

I'll be something of a Feminist sofrut emissary at work, & have made arrangements to join in with Eliyahu MacLean's Jewish/Arab peace work. I'll also be going on shudduchim.

Ultimately, I am a fatalist. I have noticed that no matter what we do, we can't force G@d's hand. The best we can do is to listen to our souls & try to adapt our shape to that of the Divine Will, which has existed before Creation. All I can do is pick my way through this life with faith & integrity. How & when I will die is beyond my control, so I try to treat each day as the last.

I do hope, though, that G@d will have mercy on my Mum & not take me before her.

Regardless, may events like this end immediately. May we humans maintain our sense of yir'ah, awe, that each person carries a Divine Spark, is made be-tzelem El@qim, in the image of G@d, & is here to fulfill the will of Ha-Shem. If we can hang onto that, it will be impossible to murder.

That's my wish for humankind.

An easy, meaningful fast.




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