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Searching in Hebrew

When searching in Hebrew you can use either FreeFind or Google with our Virtual JavaScript Keyboard for Hebrew that requires no Hebrew keyboard support, even to input vowels easily.  FreeFind has indexed our site; but Google has indexed the whole Web and you can search the whole Web using Google's powerful engine and our page for easy input of Hebrew.  To search in Hebrew with Cantillation marks, you may either copy words or expresssions for searching from our Bible with cantillation marks or enter the text with cantillation marks yourself from our page for search with cantillation marks.

Why FreeFind and Why Google?

FreeFind has * and ? wildcards that allow for searching of text with added prefixes, suffixes, and infixes (see explanation of options below); but Google does not.  Freefind can search for Hebrew you write without vowels, and yet it finds the words with vowels, too; Google cannot find voweled words unless you type in the vowels expressly.  Google can search for phrases as simple "quoted expressions"; but FreeFind can search for exact phrases or inexact ones with other words in the middle (see below).  "The Whole Site" option at FreeFind above does include all of our English and Hebrew-English pages as well as our Hebrew pages for Bible and Mishneh Torah; but unlike Google, it does not include our Sources of Oral Law Collection in Hebrew (Mishnah, Tosefta, Yerushalmi, and Bavli) or our Bible with Cantillation Marks.

FreeFind Options

The method for searching with FreeFind is quite simple:  By default it searches for pages that contain all of the search words.  If that is not possible, it tries to find pages that contain any search word (and displays a message that this was done).

In addition, there are several ways to modify the default search behavior:

  • phrase search
    The search engine supports three types of phrase search:
    To match an exact phrase, use "quotes around the phrase"
    To match a near (within a couple of words) phrase, use [square brackets around the words]
    To match a far (within several words) phrase, use {braces around the words}
  • * wildcard
    If a search word ends with a *, all words on a page that start the same way as that search word will match; if it starts with a *, all words on a page that end the same way as that search word will match; if it has a * at the beginning and at the end, all words on a page that have that in the middle (or start with it or end with it) will be found; if it has a * in the middle of the word, all words on a page that start and end the same way as that search word will match, whatever they have in the middle.  This feature is particularly useful in Hebrew when all are combined, because of Hebrew's free use of prefixes, infixes, and suffixes!
    Examples:  form*, *form, *form*, form*ion, *form*ion*
  • ? wildcard
    If a search word contains a ?, any character will match that position.
    Example:  b?g
  • + and - qualifiers
    If you put a + before a word, that word is required to be on the page.
    If you put a - before a word, that word is required to not be on the page.
    Example:  +always -never
  • boolean search
    You can use the following boolean operators in your search:  AND, OR, NOT.  These operators MUST be in capital letters.
    Example: (contact AND us) OR (about AND us)
  • These techniques can be combined:  +alway* -ne??r* *for*ion*

FreeFind Search Engine Used Here

Like other Web search engines, you cannot know how many times what you have searched for appears on a page, unless you do a search with your browser for the individual appearances or unless you read the whole page, so that even if a term appears a dozen times, the results of a search will give you just the first appearance.  This seems to be a feature of all Web search engines we have used, including Google.

We highly recommend the FreeFind search engine for use on other sites, especially in Hebrew.

Offline Search Engines for Downloading

If you need a search engine for Mishneh Torah and the Bible that will directly find all individual halakhot or verses that have your search term, try downloading our MTR freeware for the PC.  Note that the MTR freeware's texts also include Targum Onqelos, Mishnah, Tosefta, Yerushalmi, and Bavli.  You can also do global searches in our MTR Palm freewares.

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