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.

Monday, January 03, 2005



Rabbi Shai Held wrote the following prayer to use for last Shabbat, but I think no time is like the present:

Avinu SheBaShamayim, Adon Kol HaMa'asim, Ribon Kol HaOlamim, Rachem Al
Kol Eleh HaSovlim Min HaMayim HaGo'ashim VeHeGalim HaRo'ashim.  Chamol
al Ma'asekha-- Habitah Hashem, URe'eh Tzaratam; Ha'azinah, Elohim,
UShema Tza'akatam.  Chazek et Yedei HaMatzilim, Nachem at Ha-Aveilim,
Refa Na LaPetzuim.  Chonenu Binah VeHaskel Leida et Chovoteinu,
uFetach et Libeinu LeMa'an Noshit Yad el HaNidka'im. Barkhenu Eloheinu
VeNelekh BeDarkekha, Rachmanin Benei Rachmanim.  Tein Banu Ometz
VeChochmah Lema'an Nimna Ason VaMavet; Mena Mageifah BeOlamekha,
VeKayyem Ma'amerecha: "VeLo Yihyeh Mabul Od LeShachet et HaAretz."
Amen, Ken Yehi Ratzon.

Our Father in Heaven, Ruler of Creation, Master of the world: Have
mercy on all those who are suffering from the raging waters and the
storming waves.  Have compassion on Your creatures-- Look, O Lord, and
see their predicament;  Listen, God, and hear their cries. Strengthen
the hands of those who would bring relief, comfort the mourners; heal,
please, the wounded.  Grant us wisdom and discernment to know our
obligations, and open our hearts so that we may extend our hands to
the devastated.  Bless us, our God, that we may walk in Your ways, and
be "compassionate ones, children of compassionate ones." Grant us the
will and the wisdom to prevent disaster and death; prevent plague from
descending upon your earth, and fulfill your words, "Never again shall
there be another flood to destroy the earth."  Amen. So may it be your


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