My Journey to Become a Sofer – Part 11 – Writing

Practice letters of Eliyahu Shear for writing ST"aM

We had got on to learning how to write. As I mentioned before, when one begins learning to write, one starts off without ink! One starts off without a kulmus (quill)! In fact, one starts off with a pencil and paper. Not just one pencil – but two.

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My Journey to Become a Sofer – Part 10 – Learning to Write!

Sofer Stam Writing

Things were progressing “nicely” if one could say that. I had now studied the laws in the Shulchan Aruch together with the Mishnah Berurah. We had gone through the questions related to the learning. I had made a find – the Keset HaSofer! It was time to start learning how to actually write!

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My Journey to Become a Sofer – Part 9 – The Keset HaSofer!

 

The Book Keset HaSoferI had worked my way through the Shulchan Aruch and Mishnah Berurah Chapter 32, paragraphs 1-36. Together with my teacher, we had read every part, discussed the basics (I point out clearly – the basics) of the Halachah and gone through the questions in the booklet of questions mentioned in my previous post.  Continue reading “My Journey to Become a Sofer – Part 9 – The Keset HaSofer!”

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The Letters of Rabbi Akiva – Otiot De’Rabbi Akiva – Midrashic Story With Video

Letters of the Aleph Beit
Letters of the Aleph Beit

The Letters of Rabbi Akiva – “Otiot De’Rabbi Akiva” is a well known Midrash sharing the story of how God created the universe and all of life. At the beginning of Creation, the holy 22 letters of the Aleph Beit approach God, asking Him to create the world from it – that it should be the first letter of the entire Torah (and life itself!) The story shares how the letters approached God one at a time in reverse order, starting with Tav.

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My Journey to Become a Sofer – Part 8 – My First Teacher and Our Learning Together

Letters of the Aleph Beit
Letters of the Aleph Beit

I was ready for my second lesson! The schedule seemed straightforward – and it really was. In fact, as far as I am concerned, there’s not much more to write about regarding anything out of the ordinary concerning the lessons I had with the young Sofer. Let me share a little though:

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My Journey to Become a Sofer – Part 7 – My New Teacher

TeacherI had finally found someone who it seemed would be able to help me in learning the necessary material to become a Sofer! He was a young man – not more than about 32-34 years old. He seemed focused and sincere. I had told him my story and that I was in need of lessons. We began a first lesson where he began by asking me to draw one of the letters of the Aleph Beit. Of course, I had never drawn a letter before (in the correct script) and simply gave it a try. He seemed relatively pleased, though I still wonder what that letter had looked like – all these years on!

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My Journey to Become a Sofer – Part 5 – Lessons Begin!

Part of Megillah - Practice work - Eliyahu Shear - My Journey to Become a Sofer Part 5!
Part of Megillah – Practice work – Eliyahu Shear – My Journey to Become a Sofer Part 5!

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I was finally going to get started studying! I’d found a teacher! Now, let’s be clear – it’s not that there are no teachers around. There must surely be 100 000 Sofrim worldwide. There must surely be a school of sorts…

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My Journey to Become a Sofer – Part 4 – Finding a Teacher

Owl - Teacher
Owl – Teacher

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Though still teaching via Skype (from this website) and being involved in some other Torah projects, I felt that I needed some other type of career path. I was looking for something more stable in terms of earning a regular income. Living in Israel is not so simple! Making Aliyah over the age of 30 brings with it tremendous tests in terms of one’s finances! Those who don’t take the “dive” to come to live in Israel, lack an awareness of just how difficult it is to earn a proper income here. Continue reading “My Journey to Become a Sofer – Part 4 – Finding a Teacher”

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My Journey to Become a Sofer – Part 3 – Simple Beginnings

School Black Board
School Black Board

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I hope that my posts about my story to becoming a Sofer will also be of aid to those who may be wishing to learn the art of Sofrut. In fact, the journey is not an easy one. If one doesn’t know where to start, then there’s not much of a beginning! One finds oneself wondering what to even do! My own journey started out with a lack of knowledge of knowing what to do. It then developed into a “better idea of things.” Thereafter it seemed like things could still improve, but I’d find out later that I had chosen the wrong path!

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My Journey to Become a Sofer – Part 2

Quill and Ink
Quill and Ink

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I remember when I was coming closer to Yiddishkeit (i.e. following in accordance with the laws of Judaism and really becoming aware of what being Jewish is all about). I obtained a beautiful book written in English. “The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet” by Michael Munk. It is all about the Hebrew letters. Based upon the Gemara Shabbat 104a, it discusses at length the wisdom behind the letters, their meaning, and the reasons behind their shapes. That Gemara in Shabbat is absolutely fascinating! It’s not supposed to be read at just face value!

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