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.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

BLESSINGS, STEP BY STEP

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I've made many allusions in my previous writings to the "invisible" things a properly trained sofer/et, Jewish ritual scribe, will perform during the process of writing a Sefer Torah (or mezuzah or...)
To learn what they all are, you really do have to apprentice with a licensed scribe.
To learn what some of them are (because I'm not going to give the whole game away), you can read this blog :)

There are many blessings said & declarations of intention made at crucial points in the creating of these religious writings. One of them is:

This prayer is pronounced by the sofer before he sews the yeri'ot, sheets of parchment, together:
הריני מחבר ותפירה לספר תורה זאת לשם קדושת ספר תורה
Blessing said before the sofer sews the first & last yeri'ot to the rollers:
הריני חרש עצים לספר תורה זאת לשם קדושת ספר תורה

The idea is to have the intention in your sewing to complete the holiness of the Sefer Torah. This is one of the reasons why I don't write or correct before I go to a miqveh.

Interested in learning more? Check out Sofrut Nation.




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