This is a record of a journey… My journey.  The journey started 14 months before this blog, and I’ve been trying to avoid writing a blog for 14 months.  As I have described my experience to others, however I’ve been asked repeatedly if I’m blogging about my activities.

It is hard for me to understand why anyone would want to read this unless they are on a similar journey. Most of the time, this journey is a lot like watching ink dry. In fact, it is exactly like that.

This is because a Sofer is a scribe. A person who places words on a page using a feather quill and Oak gall ink. It is a slow tedious process, but the process, or at least the mechanics is only a small fraction of the wisdom and lore that surround this task.

The first 14 months were just practice, so that my letters might look somewhat reasonable on the page.  My goal is to write the 5 books of Moshe (Moses) in Hebrew STAM on parchment using a quill as a pen. I will start in the month of Aviv (April 2011) and it will take me seven years to finish the task if I don’t get sidetracked.

When I was trying to come up with a name for this blog, I jokingly said Sofer Goy to my wife.  When she laughed, I knew this was the name. At it’s most basic Judaic meaning, Sofer Goy is an oxymoron, it means:

Gentile Scribe

A goy, in modern Judaic usage, is a gentile, someone who is not Jewish.  In Jewish thinking, a Goy is not required to keep the Torah, let alone write it and if a Goy writes the Torah, it is automatically considered suspect.

So, if I’m a goy, then how could I be a sofer? and furthermore, Why?

By this first definition, I am a Goy.  At least as far as I know, I’m not Jewish. But I am in good company: Avraham (Abraham), Itzak (Isaac), and Yaakov (Jacob) were all Goy. (Take a look at Deuteronomy 26:5).

As to the question of: Why I’m writing the Torah? The answer is: I don’t know. I can only say at this point, that I have a strong desire to write it. (ask me again in a year or two)

When I tried using Google to translate Sofer Goy, it said:

Super Gentile

I’m currently sewing a large Samech (the letter S) on my shirt, while writing Hebrew with my other hand and typing this with my left foot.  Not.

Sofer Goy could also mean:

Scribe Nation

No matter what it means to you, or to me, my goal is to use these pages to talk about what I’ve learned.

My purpose on these pages is not to argue points of philosophy, religion , politics or theology. My desire, is to learn what it is like to be a sofer first hand and share this with others.

My Christian family and friends may think I’m too Jewish, and I’m guessing that many Yehudim, who find these pages, will think I’m too Goy.

My desire, is that we all will learn from this shared journey.


ארצי בן יעקב

Start from the beginning of the Project


2 Responses to Home

  1. Malka says:

    I just want you and everyone who reads your blog to know how proud of you I am. You are an inspiration to me and I’m glad you are my husband and the priest of our home. May Elohim continue to bless you and your hands as you continue on this journey. May you further your understanding of the Torah and our rich heritage as you continue the tradition of kings.

    Deuteronomy 17:18-20 (New International Version, ©2010)

    18 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.

    Revelation 1:5-6 (New King James Version)

    5 and from Yeshua the Messiah, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
    To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

    • Tammie Jolin says:

      I am proud of both of you and the journey the both of you started a long time ago. I know God will be with you at each word and step rodney cauz our God is like that. I love you both and God be with You!!!!
      love your cuz , tami

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