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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.

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Texts April 26, 2006

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The following is a list of texts required for the study of sofrut, as well as others expounding on its practice. This list is under construction and will grow to include books of Kabbalah and Musar which support and nurture a lifestyle which provides a strong foundation to sofrut practice.

Theory, Philosophy & Midrash:

* Letters of Fire: Mystical Insights into the Hebrew Language – Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson. Jerusalem: Keshet-Lebovits Jewish Heritage and Roots Library/Feldheim, 1984.

* Sofer: the Story of a Torah Scroll – Rabbi Dr Eric Ray. Torah Aura Productions, 1986

* The Book of Legends: Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash – Hayim Nahman Bialik & Yehoshua Hana Ravnitsky. New York, NY: Schocken Books Inc. English translation copyright 1992

* The Book of Letters: a Mystical Alef-bait – Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. 15th Anniversary 2nd edition. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1990.

* The Burnt Book: reading the Talmud – Rabbi Marc-Alain Oaknin. [Livre Brulé. English] . Translated from the French by Llewellyn Brown. 1995 edition Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ and Chichester, West Sussex, UK.

* Tefilin. A Chassidic Discourse by Rabbi Nathan of Breslov – Likutey Halachot, Hilchot Tefilin 5: A free rendition by Avraham Greenbaum. Published by Breslov Research Institute, Monsey NY, 1989.

* The Wisdom of the Hebrew Alphabet: The Sacred Letters as a Guide to Jewish Deed and Thought – Rabbi Michael L. Munk. Ninth impression. Brooklyn, NY: Artscoll Mesorah Series Publications, 1997.

General Hilkhot Sofrut:

* קסת הסופר

* לשכת הסופר

* Mishnat Ha-Sofer – Ya’aqov Me’ir Stern (commentary on Qeset Ha-Sofer)

* Shulchan Aruch – Rabbi Yosef Caro

* Mishnah Berurah: Commentary on the Shulchan Aruch – Rabbi Yisra’el Meir HaCohen of Radin (the Chafetz Chayim)

* Mishneh Torah – Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, the Rambam (Maimonides)

* ליקוט ספרי סת’ם – רבי שלמה בן הרבני המנוח הירא ושלם מ’ה יוסף גאנצפריד זצ’ל מפה ק’ק אונגוואר יצ’ו

Women and Hilkhot Sofrut:

* Be’er Heitev – Rav Yehudah ben Shimon Ashkenazi

* Drisha – Rabbi Yehoshua Falk ben Alexander Katz

* Sha’agat Aryeh – Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Asher Ginzberg

* Sha’arey Teshuvah – Rabbeinu Yonah ben Abraham Gerondi

* Tur (Ba’al HaTurim) – Raabi Ya’aqov ben Rabbeynu Asher ben Yehiel (the ROSH)

Mezuzah:

* 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 – Y. Hoffman

Tefilin:

* תפילין הלכה ומעשה – רבי צבי כהן. בני ברק

Musar:

* Orchot Tzadiqim/Way of the Righteous – Anonymous

* Derekh Ha-Shem/Way of G@d – Rabbi Moshe Chayim Luzatto (the Ramchal)

* Mesilat Yesharim/Path of the Just – Rabbi Moshe Chayim Luzatto (the Ramchal)

* Torat Chovot Ha-Levavot/Duties of the Heart – Rabbi Bachya ben Yosef ibn Paquda

Amulets: Qame’ot & Segulot:

* Hebrew Magic Amulets: Their Decipherment and Interpretation – Theodore Schrire. 1982 edition. New York, NY: Behrman Huse Inc., Publishers.

* Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion – Joshua Trachtenberg. Third printing. New York, NY: Atheneum/Jewish Publication Society, 1975.

* Sefer Razi’el HaMolokh – Author Unknown. Pre 1701. 1985 edition copyright Moses Greenfield

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.