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.

Friday, March 24, 2006


24 Adar

The original painting of this is now sold, B"H, but prints are still available.

The original of this painting is looking for a home, the last in the B'reyshit (Genesis) Series, which also includes this piece.

This Shabbes is Shabbat Ha-Chodesh, the Sabbath before the New Moon of the Jewish month Nisan. Nisan is the first month, a month of miracles - neys - as its name indicates. As we leave the old month of Adar next week, our month of pure joy, may we leap from joy to miracles.

The freedom of hostages released in Iraq. The drawing of passengers from the icy waters of a ferry disaster. Women who stuggle to finally escape marriages to men who treat them badly.

May The Holy One bless us with the miracle of new beginnings, a Genesis of sorts, & may they be solid, integral, kosher.
For the sake of Heaven.

Shabbat Shalom

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Blogger Peter said...

The link to divorce reminds me of the story in Esther Broner's novel A Weave of Women (remember Dr. Broner from Half the Kingdom?). Sounds like things have not changed much since the time the novel was set.

4:46 a.m.  
Blogger Soferet said...

Yes, Peter, I do remember her. In fact, the first Jewish Feminist conference I ever went to, back when I was a pup of 26, Esther Broner was the guest speaker. She's very strong & very flighty - if that's the right word - at the same time.

I am sorry to say that little has changed. Dr Norma Baumel Joseph did help insititue a get law in Canada, which prevents a civil divorce from being granted until there is a get, or Jewish divorce, so that the woman is not at an unfait disadvantage. However lately, I have been learning more & more abou tthe sticky realities of civil vs Jewish law & how they can either work together or how one can undermine the other.

I'm so glad we met last summer, Peter (did you get your copy of Half the Kingdon back yet?) & I would have written more on that day had we not been in such a rush & had things not been so chaotic since then. But I often think back to how very helpful you were in getting us to Thunder Bay alive, with no moose mishaps, & how you & Joyce & Emma & your pooch were such gracious hosts. Thank you!

Hey, everyone - go look at Peter's fascinating blog now - that means YOU!

9:03 p.m.  

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