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, April 18, 2005



Take one down, pass it around - I've finally emptied my first full bottle of sofrut ink! After repairing & writing Megilot, Mezuzot, Sifrei Torah, & writing a good part of this Torah as well, the bottle is empty! It only took 5 years... I understand why it's so expensive. Not only is it labour-intensive to make (I'm starting my first batch), but it lasts forever. Even for someone like me who lays the ink down generously.
Bottle number two is a slightly different recipe, called "Nahari", which both the sofrim who trained me recommended. It will be a joy to get to know its texture & viscosity.
& in all this time, I have not completely worn down any of my kulmusim (quills). Even though I sharpen them at least once per day while in use.
These materials have staying power, B"H.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just brought home framed color xerox of page, rec'd due to donation to Kadima... it's gorgeous. thank you. HaShana Ha'Baa B'Yerushaliyim! (with the "fence" down, with peace for all) regards, Catherine

6:52 p.m.  
Blogger Danya said...

So excellent. Mazel tov!

1:09 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Thanks, Danya, barukh HaShem!

6:25 a.m.  

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