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.

Thursday, May 19, 2005



...once again:


"Cosmos Ketubah"© copyright A. Barclay


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay for ketubah season. I'm definitely into rush job territory now, which is challenging.

6:05 p.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Oh yeah? I hear you loud & clear. How many you got up the spout?

9:22 p.m.  
Blogger Peter said...

Just a question--is there a tradition of renewal of vows, and of a second, symbolic contract? Just wondered. We're approaching 25 years together and your Ketubot (sp?) brought that to mind.

3:19 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Hi, Peter!
I don't know how far back people started haviung vow renewal ceremonies or contracts, but they certainly do it. Sometimes folks just commission another because they didn't like the artwork of the first, or some other such reason.
That's so exciting you've been married almost 25 years! When is your anniversary?
By the way, Joel & I are trying to figure out how to drive from Montréal to Winterpeg, stopping off to meet you of course, in less than 4 days...any ideas?

6:56 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - that one is beautiful!

7:45 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three for June 19th and one for some time in July. As yet, only two of them have even sent me their texts. Plus a pair of sifrei Torah to fix before I leave for the UK, also on June 19th. Still, I'm having fun.

7:53 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you make ketubah art, too? I want to see a larger version, but even once I log into flickr, it says your page is private?!

Shabbat Shalom

9:12 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Hey, thanks, Shanna!

Jen: wow, that's great, but no texts for one of them yet, eh? That's what I always require first from my clients - plus a deposit :) - I take it you're finished with school soon (or at least by then)?
That's cool about the Sifrei! So soon you will have performed mitzvah #613! B'sha'ah tovah!
So, how long are you in the UK for?

Shir-Yaakov, shalom! I do make ketubot: one is the picture in this post, & there are others here. I'll be posting more on this blog as they are "born"...

Shabbat Shalom, everyone!

11:01 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aviel .. you forgot an "e" in the URL.. please use this link instead of the one above.


gut shabbos!

12:03 p.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Thanks so much for the heads up, Peninah (everyone listen to her from now on & not me ;+>)! I checked out your blog & am looking forward to spending more time with it after Shabbes - it's cool! Am glad to know you're out there!

12:30 p.m.  

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