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Sofrut Nation April 27, 2006

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This is the web site of a certification program for women in Sofrut, Jewish ritual scribal arts. An informal college granting non-transferrable credits for the successful completion of correspondence courses and intensive hands-on workshops. For now, this site is under construction. Please direct any enquiries or comments to Avielah Barclay, certified Soferet S”M, at avielah@soferet.com

The mission of Sofrut Nation is:

To help those Jewish women who wish to be fully empowered to form part of the very texture of our future’s Jewish leadership; to understand that their life practice as a way of holiness supports this important role. The one and only mission of Sofrut Nation is the spreading of this message. And to those who grasp this ideal of holiness, this Work offers the spiritual assistance and the Halakhic, Musar and Kabbalist training which they need to practice sofrut as humble community service.

Its main activity is to give a fully Halakhic sofrut training to its students. A sofrut teaching agency which grants accreditation to those who fulfill the Halakhic requirements to become a certified Soferet.

Ba’alat Magi’ah April 24, 2006

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Certification in Mezuzah proof reading, meant to empower Jewish women in the mitzvah of Mezuzah by familiarizing you with the scrolls so you may fearlessly purchase and check them.

The Mezuzah scroll is one way that we Jews recognise the sanctity of Maqom, Place. In this Jewish Life Skills course, we’ll have the oportunity to earn the title Ba’alat Magi’ah: Mezuzot, a certified inspector of Mezuzahs. Kosher & pasul (invalid) scrolls will be used to illustrate the laws of sofrut we learn, as will course materials & projected images. The spiritual tools of Magi’ut will be acquired in order to empower apprentices to serve their local communities, thereby enabling themselves & others to confidently engage in the mitzvah of owning, hanging & checking our Mezuzot.

Sources provided in Hebrew/Aramaic and English.

Prerequisites:
Ability to read Biblical Hebrew without vowels; familiarization with the Mezuzah text.

Recommended reading:
* A Guide to Mezuza – Chaim Twerski. New York, NY: Vaad Mishmeres Stam, 1976
* Like a Reed: the Message of the Mezuza – Rabbi Yehudah Cahn & Avraham Cohen. 1986. Baltimore, MD: 1997 reprinting
* Sefer Zichron Shoshanah/Mezuzah: a Comprehensive Guide – Rabbi Yair Hoffman. Israel Bookshop, 2002

Scribal Retreat April 22, 2006

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Sofrut Nation is organizing a scribal retreat on the beautiful west coast of Canada.

The retreat will include nature hikes, workshops in various sofrut skills, meditations, kosher vegetarian food, lessons in Kabbalah, Halakah and Musar.

For more details, please contact avielah@soferet.com.