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.

Friday, August 18, 2006

I DO DECLARE!

BS"D


The meetings I've been having with rabbis & sofrim here in Jerusalem have been very enlightening. Not only have I met with my own mentors, but with other Orthodox rabbis & sofrim who don't agree with what I'm doing. They're respectful - I won't meet with anyone who isn't - & they won't be named on this blog. I don't need to get them in trouble nor do I want to appear as though I'm validating myself by publicizing their identities.

I am pleased to note, however, that once we have got past the very difficult & challenging discussions we have together, that they'll still talk a little shop with me :)

I think this is really important to preserve my integrity & by extention the integrity of my work. G@d willing, it's working...

Because what we're doing can't just be looked at as a job.

It's holy work we do on behalf of other Jews where you take this beautiful creature, part of the family of Creation. It's life was taken to feed us, & the skin would normally be discarded, but here we are using it to continue spreading Torah so we're raising it up, we're lifting the sparks & our consciousness at the same time. Having the right attitude & supportive Jewish practice while you do the work is vital!

Do it only for the sake of Heaven - not for fame, ego, self-glorification, not to be a "rock star" or to otherwise draw attention to yourself...& declare your intention! If you have a speck of davka, spite or rebellion, in what you bring to the work, please put down your quill & process that until it's gone.

Shabbat shalom!




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