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New Hebrew Collections Posted in Time for Passover

The Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books, a nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of old Hebrew texts, announced the addition of two ancient collections of books to the society’s website, These two collections join The Friedberg-Ryzman collection of more than 15,000 existing Hebrew books and other works of Judaica, freely available and fully searchable online. The site uses OCR by Ligature, Ltd. ( and search by dtSearch Corp. (

The first added collection consists of more than 1,000 rare Passover Haggadahs from all over the world, some dating back to the Middle Ages. The Chabad-Lubavitch Library, located in Brooklyn, N.Y., lent the Haggadahs to the society. The society scanned the collection and applied Ligature OCR, preserving the content of the Haggadahs as PDF images overlaying "hidden" OCR’ed text.

The second collection dates back to the 12th century BCE. It includes 400 original works relating to the 12th-century scholar and physician Maimonides, also known in Hebrew as Rambam. For the first time ever, these works are searchable in the original text.

Visitors to the site can instantly search the collection in the original Hebrew using dtSearch. A Hebrew virtual keyboard control on the site makes it easy for visitors with any language keyboard to instantly type in Hebrew search terms. After a search, dtSearch will jump right to the relevant page of the collection, displaying the original page image along with search terms highlighted right on the PDF image for convenient browsing.

The dtSearch Engine provides instant searching of terabytes of data. The software can index more than a terabyte of text in a single index¬—as well as create and instantly search an unlimited number of indexes. The dtSearch Engine can search popular "Office" file types, databases, static and dynamic web-based data sources, etc. The product also supports distributed or federated searching with integrated relevancy ranking.

Source: Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books

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