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Judaic Classics II

Judaic Classics II (Davka Corporation) can be used to run four Hebrew/English databases: the Mishnah Berurah, Soncino Talmud, Midrash Rabbah, and Zohar. Except for the Mishnah Berurah, all of the programs contain a complete copy of the Tanach in vowelled Hebrew and English translation.

Using Database

Click on the icon labelled “Judaic Classics II,” located in the “#8 - Judaic Classics Library” window on PC #3.
To open a particular text, go to the Library menu. You will have different lists depending on which CD-ROM you are using. Each choice has a black arrow beside it; when you select a text, another menu appears with the choices within that text.
Example (Talmud):
Tanach (English) >
Torah >
Prophets >
Scriptures >


The Search window allows you to search for keywords and names within a document, in English or Hebrew. The search window opens automatically when you open Judaic Classics II. To open the search window after it has been closed, select New Search from the Reference menu.
Choose the texts you want to search. Click on the Select >> button in the top left corner of the search window to show the available choices. Highlight the appropriate ones by clicking and dragging the mouse. If you wish to unselect a particular text that is highlighted, hold down control on the keyboard as you click on it. (Note that searches can only be done in one language at a time, so your selected texts should be either all English or all Hebrew.) Texts with an arrow have more specific choices that can be selected. Click on the arrow to expand the list. When you are done selecting texts, click Select << to hide the list.
Type your search term(s) into the search box. It is possible to narrow your search using and, or and not. And allows you to find all occurrences of two words within five words of each other. Type the first word, click on and, then type the second word. You can change the number of words apart by clicking on the box labeled words apart and typing a new number. Or is a simple way of conducting two or more searches at once, and is convenient because it puts all the items in order. Not searches for all occurrences of the first word where the second search item does not appear within five words.
You can also search for words that contain your search item. Type an asterisk (*) wherever you want to indicate that “anything can go here.” When searching in Hebrew, use the number sign (#) at the beginning of a word to limit the variations to grammatical ones.
Once you have entered your search items, click on search.
Results List
After searching, you will be taken via the Search window to a Results List. (If you have minimized a Results List window and wish to open it again, or if you wish to make it active, select the Results List from the Window menu). The Results List window summarizes the results of searches, presenting a list of passages including your search word(s). The passages are listed in the order they appear in the text.
To go to the complete passage, double-click on that line in the Results List, and another window will open with the appropriate book positioned at the point of that passage.
Once you have a section of a book open in English, you can link to the same passage in Hebrew by selecting Link To under the References menu. A window will open to the appropriate section of the corresponding Hebrew text. This window is linked to the one in English, and the passage at the top of one will always match the passage at the top of the other (i.e., if you scroll up or down in one of the windows, the other will scroll accordingly).
Printing the results of your search:
  • You must make sure that the first line of the results is at the top of the window. Printing will begin from the first visible line and otherwise you will end up printing an incomplete list. If you select “from” and “to” for how much to print, that will serve only to set how many pages will be printed, as printing will always begin at the top line.
  • There is no copyright limitation for printing searches, though there is a limit on how much you can print from the Books. Check the conditions specified in the manual for the CD you are using to determine how much is allowed.
Select Print from the File menu. Note: Judaic Classics will remind you that you are printing text that may contain the name of G-d. Please think carefully about what you are printing.
Saving the results of your search
The results of your search can be saved to a file on the hard disk or on a diskette. Note: there is a limit on how much you can save from the Books. Check the conditions specified in the manual for the CD you are using to determine how much is allowed.
Select Save from the File menu. Important: enter a name for your result list. Otherwise, it will automatically save as “results-” which does not identify your list. Also, any subsequent save will try to use the same name and may save over your file.
Change the drive and directory if required. When you are satisfied with the options, select Save to save. Data is saved in a format secifically designed to be opened by Judaic Classics II. To change the save format, consult the manual for the CD you are using.
Further Information Consult the on-line help or the user manual.

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