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.

Monday, September 04, 2006



I finally had a day to relax today, between teaching at Pardes in Israel, helping refugees from the war, rushing back to Victoria to help take care of my Mum after her accident, try to catch up on the bazillions of e-mails & phone messages, arrange my teaching & sofrut engagements for the Autumn, &, &, &...

So I went to the Day of Jewish Unity with some friends. It was beautiful. Hundreds of Jews & their kids & dogs out in the fresh air & sunshine by the river on Labour Day. Gorgeous!

I even took a "test your Jewish IQ" quiz & got 100%, so I won an Vancouver NCSY hoodie.

I will be teaching, speaking & restoring Torah scrolls at Congregation Bnai Amoona in St Louis, Missouri, as of tomorrow.

This lovely community's P.R. for my visit includes this:
Thursday, Sept 7 11:30am - 1:30pm - "Soferet: Woman as Sacred Scribe"
Soferet Avielah Barclay will share her journey to become the world's only certified female Hebrew scribe & the first woman to write Jewish sacred scrolls in over 200 years.

324 South Mason Rd
MapQuest link

Aviel's Torah

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