Judy Siegel-Itzkovich (11/4/2005) wrote:The Jerusalem Post
Word By Word: Bible Study Tool, a CD-ROM in Hebrew and English by The
Educational Software Company (www.jewishsoftware.com), requires Windows 2000/XP,
for children and adults, $39.95 (or shekel equivalent) for the Book of Genesis and the
whole Pentateuch 5 CD-ROMS for $149.95 (or shekel equivalent). Rating: Five Stars *****
Now that Simhat Torah has passed and the annual cycle of Torah portions has
begun, it is again worth reading the Bible from "In the beginning..." Doing
so in English does not provide the same satisfaction as in the original
Hebrew. But what do you do if your command of the language is rusty?
This useful program... really part on an ongoing work in development at The
Torah Educational Software Company (TES) in Monsey, New York is for you,
Jew and non-Jew, as well as for English-speaking Jewish children who have embarked
on their Torah studies. Released just a few months ago, it has already been
introduced successfully in many Jewish schools abroad.
The developers, who have produced many pieces of Jewish software over the
last 17 years and have been working on the project for three years, are now
up to the second Book of Kings and able to translate another book for a new
CD-ROM every few months. TES president Emanuel Fishman predicts it
will take another two years to complete the whole Hebrew Bible.
Word by Word Bible was designed from the ground up based on customer requests,
the program offers the exact English translation of every Hebrew word, word by word
as stated by the title. Each word is highlighted with color and sounded out in a male
voice in Sephardic (modern) Hebrew, translated into English and transliterated for
pronouncing it correctly. There is the option of changing the font size to suit all eyes.
Enter your name so that your progress will be saved; there is room for 10
names; if an 11th user is entered, the most veteran user will be replaced.
Very simple to use, the program opens with a few bars of theme music, to get
you into the mood for studying, and then stops to allow you to concentrate.
In the study mode, you may start from the first verse of Genesis or pull
down the menu to choose another chapter (of the 50 in Genesis) and verse or
another Book if you have the whole Pentateuch version. You advance from word
to word by clicking on "Next Word" when you are read. Optionally, you can
turn on Auto Advance feature, and the narrator, highlighting, translation
and transliteration will proceed automatically every number of seconds that
In review mode, you are tested randomly in a multiple choice format on
more than 200 words you learned in each chapter (including repeats). The
beginnerΉs level sets no time limit, while the intermediate level requires
that you click on the translated word within 15 seconds and the advanced
level in seven seconds. You can also hear the word pronounced as you take
the quiz. Your scores are saved under your name.
After you complete the review quiz, click a button to see the words you missed in
the order you missed them (not alphabetically); all of those are displayed
with their translations and transliterations, and this list too can be saved
to the disk's clipboard and printed for study away from the computer. The words
are listed in the order that you missed them, not alphabetically with their correct
English translation and transliteration..
A very useful Bible dictionary stores all the words from alef to tav found
in the Books of the Bible that are covered, giving the Hebrew word, its
translation and its transliteration; all the words can be printed out for
studying away from the computer or saved on the clipboard and pasted into
any Microsoft Word or Dagesh Pro Document.
When TES completes the Bible, they will not have finished. Fishman has plans
to create a Word by Word Siddur (prayer book), Mishna and Talmud using the
same format. More power to them!
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