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.

Saturday, August 05, 2006


11 Menachem Av

Written Thursday, during the Fast of the 9th of Menachem Av...

Al-Aqsa Mosque Overlooking our Distruction
Remains of our Beyt Ha-Miqdash, Holy Temple, which were pushed into the street by the Romans as Jerusalem burned. There are still soot stains left from the ferocious flames which licked & hungrily consumed our spiritual & national home.

The Holy One gave us the letter Tzadi to teach us not just to be perfect, but how to be perfect.

Tzadi was the first letter formed by The Holy One, before all the other otiyot, letters, in the Alefbet, for "deeds of giving are the foundation of the world."
Tzedeq, "justice".

Tzadi comes to us in the shape of a Mystic bent in humble prayer, arms extended and hands raised.
According to our tradition, the only time of the year we take this position is during the Aleynu of Musaf, the afternoon service, on Yom Kipur. The Final Tzadi, Tzadi Sofit, is standing tall with arms raised in joy for having his/her act of devotion accepted & answered - whether the response is "Yes" or "No". This is the key: to learn to accept from Ha-Shem either answer with equal joy.

What is a Tzadiq/Tzodeqet (upright person)? It is usually translated into English as a "perfect" or "righteous" individual. But "perfect" has the wrong
connotations, even baggage, in English. & "righteous"? Only ever heard in the context of a holier-than-thou attitude or at a concert, often followed by "dude" & the sign of the devil horns.

A Tzadiq is one who is present in every moment, whose consciousness is such that s/he is able to make correct choices and act appropriately in any given situation. If s/he does make a mistake, s/he rectifies it and learns from the experience.

Mishlei/Proverbs 25:26 compares the Tzadiq to a spring of water, which, even if it becomes polluted
sometimes, eventually recovers its purity. Not a Perfect One, but One Perfecting. Process.

So don't think "perfect-ion".
Think "perfect-ing".

Thank G@d for the purge of Tisha Be-Av, before the Full Moon, before the month of Elul when we begin our supplications in preparation for the Days of Awe. Empty only to fill up to overflowing. Ameyn.

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Anonymous Rachel said...

Not a Perfect One, but One Perfecting. Process.

What a beautiful way to say that. Thank you -- I needed this teaching today.

6:58 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Glad my timing works for you, Rachel :)
Chesed, chesed tirdof...

7:51 a.m.  

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