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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005



17 Elul

This is where you can order gold=plated scissors from, for all your sofrut needs!

Personally, I only use blades, as that's how my sofer taught me. Being mentored in sofrut is rather like going to live in a dojo so you can learn to pay very close attention & be very obedient. Just call me "Glasshoppah" ;+>

Now, we aren't allowed to use steel - or any base metal - on our Sifrei/sacred writings, so the general thing Ashkenazim do is plate their blades. Now scissors will not really do you a good turn for many of the tasks you'll need to use a cutting/scraping tool for, but if you can gold or silver plate exacto blades &/or razor blades, then you're good to go. That's what I do. Just don't ask me where I get the cyanide or the acid.

The following are my Lishqat HaSofer notes on Bet of chapter 28 in Qeset HaSofer, which my student & I went over tonight over the phone:
The Brakhei Yoseyf they brought in that they had printed Megilahs on qaf/parchment & the Gedolim/Great Rabbinic Scholars said these were pasul/invalid Megilot because this act of printing counts as choq tachut (not carving or engraving). & they further taught that you should geniza them (store them away permanently) in order that you shouldn't bring people through these Megilahs to sin inadvertently/give them a stumbling block by leading them to believe they are kosher. & the Acharomin/later Rabbinic commentators of B"M argued about this, whether that printing is an act of choq tachut or not that in the citation: rule 4 section 100 yud-bet in this text that in p 82 of Tractate Gittin in Talmud Yerushalmi says "...he shall write..." (Devarim/Deuteronomy reference to the the get/bill of divorce) saying that you must form letters by writing & not by dropping them. Just like matif (dropping) is not writing & letters must be formed by writing, printing is not writing. Also with regard to the Megilah, they bring the way of writting citing Mordechai writing & Esther writing in perek/chapter 9 of the Megilah & from this we learn the laws of Megilah from p 19 of Mishneh Gemara we explain: " ...& I wrote upon the Sefer with ink..." (Yermiyahu/Jeremiah) so here we have a different place from where we derive the rule of writing.

Sa'if Gimel on Qeset HaSofer: you need to lay down/place in the beginning (of the Megilah) a blank measure of qlaf (parchment) in order to be able to surround the whole Megilah when it's rolled up. & it is nehagin - done - so as not to make for it a an entire column / amud klal / not at the beginning & not at the end.
Dalet: you make all it's chapters/sections closed & if you make any of them open, it's pasul. but some accept it as kosher.

Slowly but surely, we are learning our way through the laws of sofrut together, my student & I :)


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