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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006



This week in Portland with the P'nai Or community has been a real gift. I love them, they love me, I have kashered their Torah, G@d is good.

It's such an honour to be asked to fix a Holy Scroll. After all, aside from a Jewish community's children, their Sefer Torah is their most precious posession. & the folks at P'nai Or love their Torah. So much. It's beautiful.

Speaking of precious children:
This is me with my new favorite friend in Portland. His name is Shalem Lev & he's 4.
 Shalem Lev Helping Soferet Fix Sefer Torah

This is R' Aryeh Hirschfield repairing the last letter Yud in va-yehi or, "& there was light" (B'reyshit/Genesis).
Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield completing Mitzvah with Soferet
He doesn't really need me there to spot him. I'm just there for dramatic effect ;)

As I'm blessed with many opportunities to perform the mitzvah of writing a Sefer Torah (because by correcting even only one letter to fix a Torah, you are considered to have written the whole thing), I am happy to share with others. In each community I serve, I offer the rabbi the last letter, so he can have the mitzvah :)

My Hebrew birthday is Rosh Ha-Shanah, & as I'll be tucked away back in Vancouver as of tomorrow, my hosts & new friends here are throwing me a "Happy Birthday & Thank You for Restoring Our Torah" shin-dig. Just a little one. So good night, I'm off to enjoy good kosher vegan carrot cake, good kosher mead, & above all, good kosher company :D

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Blogger Poor Mad Peter said...

Happy Birthday! (Be-earlied? {grin})

4:31 a.m.  
Anonymous Rachel said...

What beautiful photographs, and what a beautiful post!

Wishing you a good and sweet new year -- may the coming year be endlessly filled with blessings for you.

6:41 a.m.  
Anonymous margaret said...

Happy Birthday, Happy New Year & Welcome Home, Avielah! I'm glad your travels have been safe, productive, fulfilling :) Thanks for sharing so much!!I'll spare you my pile of letters and questions until after the holy days... Meanwhile, how is your old email address holding up? Can I send you something there? Let me know~ * SHALOM *

9:17 a.m.  
Anonymous MJ said...

Happy birthday. Keep up changing the world one ot at a time.

1:46 p.m.  
Anonymous Paul Connors said...

That is really cool.

Oh, and happy birthday!

3:30 p.m.  
Anonymous peninah said...

happy birthday, may this be a good and sweet year for you and blessings and all that good stuff. [i know you are buried under email. *hugs*]

3:53 a.m.  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

יום הולדת שמח!

7:41 p.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Thank you!
Gratulerer Med Dagen!
תודה רבה!
May all your kind & enthusiastic wishes for me come back to you :)

(...& yes, Margaret, please do e-mail me!)

11:14 p.m.  

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