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, March 06, 2006


6 Adar

"Hashkiveynu" Copyright A. Barclay. Lightfast inks on natural vegetable parchment.

As of March 1st, 2006, a new business policy is in effect to facillitate smoother transactions for all my clients. This will reduce the time & cost of sofrut & other Judaica items, which is totally exciting. If you wish to have an order processed, please send your money order or certified cheque to:

A. Barclay
c/o Congregation Shaarey Tefilah
785 West 16th Ave
Vancouver BC
V5Z 1S8

Orders may be paid in either of two ways:
Full payment up front, or
a 50% non-refundable deposit accompanied by a 50% cheque for the balance post-dated for 30 days before the item is due.
Watch for Visa, Mastercard & PayPal details, coming soon!
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I welcome any questions you may have & I look forward to offering you more efficient service in the future.

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Blogger Mississippi Fred MacDowell said...

Beautiful writing!

Have you ever considered writing in the style of the medieval massoretic codice? Gorgeous fonts.

e.g. Keter Aram Sova:

3:41 p.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Wowee - thanks a lot for this link, Mississippi Fred! I love it :D
I do write a similar script to the one in your link, except that the ascenders & descenders are less exaggerated. It's called "Ancient" script.
Thanks for your compliments on the Hashkiveynu - that script is called "Yerushalmi" & is a modern version of the writing found in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

3:49 p.m.  
Blogger Mississippi Fred MacDowell said...

Do you have a sample of your writing Ancient script? I'd love to see it.

(By the way, the entire Aleppo Codex can be accessed by changing the number in the URL.)


Thanks for the info. Again, beautiful writing!

4:12 p.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

These links are stunning - thank you! I've always been a big fan of the Aleppo Codex :)
I have some old examples kicking around here somewhere - I'll have a look & post them if they aren't too bad...

5:48 p.m.  

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