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.

Sunday, August 20, 2006



Melodic Arabic trembles above the din of Jews praising, begging, thanking.

Soferet at The Wall

G@d took our holy temple & its sacred mountain away from us because we committed sinat chinam, needless hatred, against other Jews...
...when will the Messiah come?

I wade through supplicating Jewish women to lay my palm flat on the soft warm stone & pour my soul out on these ancient rocks, washing them with my gratitude, my fear, my desire.

A bridal couple arrives amid flashes of light - she a silver shimmer in the night. The joy rising from the horas spinning on the stone almost drown out the voice of the muezzin. Almost.

Pebbly shadows creep up the middle of the windmill. I lean in the corner of the park facing this marvel. I recline & a group of Arab boys hoot through. I rise. Feel the dew on my books & inhale the rosemary, jasmine & honeysuckle. Heady. Heavy, Penetrating the close air.

Soferet at Montfiore's windmill, Yemim Moshe

Throughout this day I have encountered signals that I must act. After absorbing & processing my latest meeting with Secret Sofer, which will take some time & more letter-forming, I wander the familiar streets of the Old City's Jewish Quarter. Everywhere I turn I see the same word:


Everywhere I turned I saw different colours, textures & surfaces all branded with this word in Ashkenazi ketav stam. From the narrow corridors within the old walls all the way to the park across the valley & to the south.

AZ Soferet: Water Honey Earth Milk

May G@d help me be truly present in each moment.

[Addendum: or perhaps אז is the roshei teyvot, an acronym, for or zaru'a...scattered light. A sewn seed of light.
Hat tip: Simon]

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Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

אז = then?

7:57 a.m.  
Blogger Eliyahu said...

oh such great posts & photos! i was especially happy to see the one of you and R' Aryeh Hirschfield. as i recall, his business card said something about how the authorites would want to run out of town any rabbi worth their salt! troublemakers on behalf of torah, in other words. i ask G_d's blessing on you and your work, and that you should be blessed with your heart's desire, and may it be soon!

6:52 p.m.  
Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

Wow, Avielah, I have been gone so long I didn't even know you were in Israel! I have been enjoying all your past posts and I feel as if I am there with you, at least in spirit. Take care of yourself and I concur... may G-d help me (and all of us) be truly present in each moment- or, be here now...

5:28 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Nice shot, Steg.
(I mean your new photo) :D

Hi, Eliyahu. Thanks for your blessings! Ameyn!

Thank you, Regina. May we all have the strength to cling to each moment with our full awareness!

8:33 a.m.  

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