The Times, They are- a- Changing?


The Talmud Gittin 45b states that Sifrei Torah, tefillin and mezuzah scrolls are considered kosher only when written by certain select groups of specially trained scribes.  Women, as a category,  are not mentioned to be among them. However, in 2003, Canadian born Aviel Barclay became the world’s first known ‘traditionally’ trained female sofer.

Since that time, there have been other women from Brazil, Israel, and the United States following the lead.  This endeavor is known as the Women’s Torah Project. One of the scribes considers herself non-denominationally Jewish. I’m not exactly sure what this means and I’m not so sure this is a good thing.  What do you think?