|Search using FreeFind.com (virtual Hebrew keyboard)|
|Search using Google.com (virtual Hebrew keyboard)|
FreeFind has * and ? wildcards that allow for searching of text with added suffixes and infixes; but Google does not support wildcards (Google does know about a limited set of suffixes in both Hebrew and English and will find words with those suffixes, whether you want them or not). 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). FreeFind can find text with vowels and cantillation marks as long as they have the right letter spelling, whether they have vowels or not (vowels are ignored); Google simply cannot find text with vowels or cantillation marks unless you specify the right vowels and cantilation marks. "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).
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:
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 (if you use the "cached" copy, at least the searched-for words are emphasized).
We highly recommend the FreeFind search engine for use on other sites, especially in Hebrew.
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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last updated: 9 December 2008