As Leah Eichler tells it in Moment, a Jewish monthly, the story of Aviel Barclay — poised to become the first woman to scribe a Torah scroll — is a bit like that of Goldilocks. Barclay’s first yeshiva expelled her when it learned of her ambition; she left her next school when teachers and students started whispering of “heresy”; but the third yeshiva was just right. That school — and the sofer, or scribe, who teaches her on condition that she not reveal his name — have helped prepare her for her first commission, for Kadima, a congregation in Seattle. The 34-year-old Barclay has come a long way from the time she saw Fiddler on the Roof as a three-year-old girl and determined to become a Jew; and from the time she taught herself Hebrew calligraphy from an encyclopedia at age ten; and from the time she regained the use of her hands, crushed in an accident at age 22, by writing Hebrew. And there will surely be more to come when she completes her Torah scroll (sometimes a scroll is not just a scroll: Some rabbis predict Barclay’s act will destroy the Jewish people; others wonder if it might usher the messiah) other so watch for further news. Meanwhile, Eichler’s account to date is a transcendent tale