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.

Saturday, April 02, 2005



I must echo Renegade Rebbetzin's statement about missing Pope John Paul II, now that he is gone. He worked very hard for his religion, his people. If we had such a charismatic rabbi who could turn Jews to mitzvot & non-Jews to conversion, think of where we'd be. For those of you who are tempted to make negative comments about the Pope here, please save them for blogs who invite that sort of speech.

I remember clearly when the last Pope died mysteriously after 35 days as John Paul I. His sudden, unexplained death seemed to have been a murder/coverup. Traditionally, Pontiffs are buried in the walls of St Peter's, but he was cremated the next day, despite that being against Catholocism. There wasn't even an autopsy. The whole world was on tenderhooks, awaiting the white smoke of the conclave.

Karol Wotyla travelled tirelessly around the planet in his war against atheism. May he rest in peace.

I hope the next one will be Cardinal Lustiger, the Archbishop of Paris. The child of religious Jewish parents, he was left with a Catholic family at 13 to hide during the Sho'ah. A few years later he converted to Catholicism & since then has risen to dizzying heights in the Church. Wouldn't it be interesting if it took a Jew on the throne of the Holy See to bring about Moshiach? The last Jewish Pope was 2,000 years ago. Read this about his beliefs & politics - he even sounds like a Jew. These words could have been spoken by R' A J Heschel z"l, R' Arthur Waskow, or heck, even Abby Hoffman z"l.

Best of luck to all the "Popefuls". May the next Pontiff fulfill whatever plan G@d has for him.


Blogger Alisha said...

"Wouldn't it be interesting if it took a Jew on the throne of the Holy See to bring about Moshiach?" would definitely be interesting. I'm thinking about it, but I can't decide whether I think you're looking at this forwards or backwards. Would a Jewish world leader of Catholicism be a sign of redemption...or of perversion??

10:41 p.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

That's exactly why I used the word "interesting" :)
I mean, he was Bar Mitzvah when he converted, so technically he's an apikorus (heretic) for turning from HaMaqom to Jesus. So if he wrote a Sefer Torah, we'd have to burn it ;+> But if John Paul II was the first Pope to visit Israel (in the last two millenia) & ask forgiveness for the Sho'ah, think what good things a Jewish Pope might do for his Tribe, heretic or no...

ps, I still can't access your blog & it makes me very, very sad...

7:08 a.m.  

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