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Bar Ilan Responsa Project
World's Largest Jewish Database NEW! IMPROVED!
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NEW SOFTWARE FEATURES IN DETAIL:
Numerous major features have been added in Responsa 6.0, including:
New, improved interface
All windows automatically locked
New search option - simple searches
New options for saved searches -
Saved searches can now be performed over multiple databases
User-assigned names for saved searches
The results of multiple saved searches can be combined directly in a single saved search
New display options -
Filtering out duplicate search results from the same passage
Viewing only selected search results on screen
Displaying the actual text of citations, rather than just a list of citations
Displaying breakdown of search results by database when searching multiple databases
Text can be copied directly from text windows and expanded display windows to the Search screen
Books in databases can be arranged alphabetically or in their real order
In addition, existing features have been improved, new databases have been added (Halachah and Minhag, Commentaries on the Shulchan Aruch), new texts have been added to existing databases, and thousands of new hypertext links have been included.
A New, Exciting And Unprecedented Value. Bar Ilan University has significantly upgraded their already industry-leading, world famous Judaic Library on CD-ROM. Now, for instance, the commentary of Tosafos is included with the unparalleled accuracy based on critical texts that is Bar Ilan's hallmark. There's also more in terms of software features. "Citations" allows you to look up a verse (pasuk) in Tanach, to cite one example, press a button, and automatically have instant access to every place where that verse is discussed on any page of the Talmud (Gemara). Or consider the new "Hyperlinks" feature. Imagine learning Tosafos who cites a passage in the Midrash Rabbah. Press on a hyperlink and automatically view the relevant passage in the Midrash.
Hypertext between databases:
Hypertext between the Bible, Mishnah, Talmud Bavli and Minor Tractates.
Hypertext between Rashi/Tosafos and the following databases: Bible Mishnah, Tosefta, Minor Tractates, Talmud Bavli, Rashi, Tosafos, Talmud Yerushalmi, Aggadic Midrashim, Halachic Midrashim
Hypertext between Shulchan Aruch/Rema and the Responsa databases
Cross references to biblical citations in other databases (Mishnah, Talmud Bavli, Minor Tractates, Rashi on the Bavli, Tosafos)
Enhancements to the Copy and Paste feature:
Pasting to the clipboard, file or printer
Copying selected search results in a window
All words of the search string are highlighted in search results Windows and expanded display windows
Option to display only selected search results
Use of different fonts:
In Parsha databases: dibbur haMaskil appears in a different front than regular text
In Shulchan Aruch database (Beis Yosef and Rema)
Forms in the Filtered Search screen can be listed in order of frequency or in alphabetical order
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Simple to use...
Yet more powerful than anything that exists...
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Centuries of scholarship & wisdom in a split second...
View Original Hebrew Text, & Commentaries at once!
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Stories and actual court cases over 1000 years old...
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Jerusalem Post Review
By J. SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
(July 8, 1998) - Bar-Ilan University Global Jewish Database (Responsa Project), Version 5.0, a CD-ROM in Hebrew and Aramaic, produced by the BIU Responsa Project
Rating: 5 stars
The Responsa Project disk, a product of over two decades of research and development at Bar-Ilan University, covers 4,000 years of written Jewish scholarship and is considered the "last word" in biblical, talmudic and halachic technology.
Beginning with the Bible, the disk includes numerous Bible commentaries - the Mishna, Tosefta, Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud, halachic and aggadic midrashim, the Rambam, Shulhan Aruch, Mishna Brura - and an incredible variety of responsa (halachic questions and answers) that go back to the great sages of Babylonia in the eighth century CE and continue through the 20th century, with rabbis Moshe Feinstein, Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, Eliezer Waldenberg and Ovadia Yosef. The oldest of the texts were typed into the data bank by hand to avoid damaging the fragile pages.
Although casual users might be put off by the price, serious scholars and students will find the nearly 700 volumes on the disk invaluable since most are unavailable to the general public; even those that are in print cost tens of thousands of shekels and take up many meters of shelf space.
The 5.0 version (replacing the 4.0 version, which appeared in 1995) is more advanced technologically and includes many additional sources, such as Tosfot, Zohar, Avot DeRebbi Natan, Yalkut Shimoni (on the Torah), Ibn Ezra (on Tanach), Biur Halacha (Mishnah Berura) and new responsa texts like Avnei Nezer, Orah Haim, Yoreh Deah, Even Ha'ezer, Igrot Moshe (volume 8) and Piskei Din Yerushalayim (volume 4).
The best new feature is a Windows-based search and retrieval with hypertext, allowing cross-referencing from one piece of text to the other.
Users can look up a biblical verse, for example, and with the press of a key instantly locate every place in the Talmud where it is discussed. The hypertext capability is available between the Bible, Mishna, Babylonian Talmud and Minor Tractates; and among Rashi/Tosfot and the Bible, Mishna, Tosefta, Minor Tractates, Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud, and halachic and aggadic midrashim. Copying and pasting material, saving on a "clipboard" and sending to the printer is much easier than before, and larger fonts can be used (for the nearsighted).
| TEXTS INCLUDED: TORAH
RASHI on TORAH
TANA DVAI ELIYAHU
TALMUD BAVLI & RASHI
RAMBAM MISHNA TORAH
KITZUR SHULCHAN ARUCH
SHULCHAN ARUCH & RAMAH
MISHNA BRURA & BIUR HALACHA
MIKHILTA DVEI YISHMAEL
AVOS DEREBBI NOSSON
Midrash Tanaim Devarim
Beis Yossef Al Hatur
Yechave Daas Vol. 3
Yabeya Omer Vol. 7
Piskai Din Yerushalayim
HAELEF LECHA SHLOMO
MAHARACH OR ZARUA
MAHARI BEN LEV
OSEF PISKEI DIN
PISKEI DIN RABBANIM
PISKEI UZIEL BESHEELOT HAZEMAN
PISKEI DIN YERUSHALAYIM
R. ABRAHAM BEN HARAMBAM
R. AKIVA EIGER
R. BETZALEL ASHKENAZI
RABBEINU GERSHOM MEOR HAGOLAH
SEFER LEKET YOSHER
TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF TEXTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
"A First Look at Bar Ilan Responsa Version 5 for Windows 3.x, 95 and NT 5"
by Ronnie Figdor
The Bar Ilan Responsa is the second Judaic text libraries I have reviewed in as many weeks. The database covers literally thousands of volumes of Bible, legal texts and hundreds of years of Responsa. The range of books is very generous: Bible (99), Bible Commentaries (9), Mishnah (63), Tosefta (61), Minor Tractates (13), Talmud Bavli (37), Rashi on Talmud (37), Tosfot (36), Talmud Yerushalmi (39), Halachic Midrashim (7), Aggadic Midrashim (36), Zohar (12), Rambam (85), Tur (4), Bet Yosef (4), Shulchan Aruch (7), Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (2), Mishnah Berurah (1), Beur Halachah (1), Medieval Responsa (33), 16th Century Responsa (29), 17th-19th Century Responsa (53), and 20th Century Responsa (23). Many of the books are printed over several volumes - one of the 20th Century Responsa books is printed in 15 volumes alone. With over 690 books, this would represent shelves of over 1,000 volumes! The printed versions of these would cost over $30,000!
The requirements for the program are CD-ROM drive, Win 3.x/95/NT 5, 2 Mb RAM, 7 Mb free hard disk space and a good command of Hebrew/Aramaic. It comes with a dongle to attach to the computer's printer port for copy protection. While the manual and all menus, dialog boxes, etc. are in English only, the texts are all in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
The Responsa installs from a CD-ROM and copies some databases and some Hebrew fonts to hard disk. The program runs on Windows 3.x, on Windows 95 and on version 5 of Windows NT. Product support is listed under help and gives Israel and US offices. The help also includes great tips on searching.