Tyler, age 14, reading from his Braille Haggadah Rochelle, who lost her vision later in life, enjoys JBI Talking Books A young child named Lotem is able to see the printed page thanks to customized lenses created by the team at the JBI Low Vision Clinic in Tel Aviv

Translator Help:

How do I translate Hebrew text to Braille using the Translator?

  • As outlined in the instructions on the Translator Page begin by copying the Hebrew text you wish to translate.
  • Paste the text you have copied in the Text Area on the Translator page.
  • Click the "Translate Text" button and wait until prompted by a dialog box asking if you would like to save the file or open it. This may take between 3 seconds and a half a minute depending the type of Internet connection as well as the size of the file. Please do not hit the Translate button again as doing so will only restart the process increasing the time it will take to get the file.
  • The file returned to you is a computer Braille file which may be sent to an embosser.

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How do I copy text in windows?
  1. Select the text you wish to copy.
  2. In most word processors, go to the menu and click on the option labeled edit, then click on copy.
    If this option is not available, then while the text is selected, press ctrl-c.
  3. Windows will store this text for you in "the windows clipboard."

Note: The technique used to support Hebrew text in some programs, including Davka, may prevent a successful copy of the text. Some Davka texts have already been translated to Braille and are available in the Digital Library.

If you are having difficulty copying text from another program, you may contact library@jbilibrary.org. When writing please include the name of the program as well as the Operating System.

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Where can I get Hebrew Digital texts?

The Digital Library has many of the most commonly needed texts already translated. Once they have been downloaded to your computer they are ready to be sent to the embosser.

Custom texts, such as class handouts and the like, can be typed in Word, copied to The Translator and translated.

There are also several other sources for Hebrew Texts.

  • Mechon-Mamre offers, at no charge, the complete set of Tanach, Rambam and Shas Bavli as well as other texts. The texts can be copied from their web site and pasted directly into the text area found in "The Translator."
  • The Dagesh Hebrew Word Processor has many Hebrew Texts bundled with the software.
  • The Judaica Digital Book system is another great source for Hebrew texts.

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Does this site recognize vowels (Nekudot)?

Yes. All Nekudot are translated and placed after the letter they should be applied to. This is in conformance with Hebrew Braille standards.

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Does this site perform standard contractions for Hebrew Braille?

Yes. Letters that have the vowel, Chirik, and are followed by a Yud, as well as letters with vowel, Tzere, that are followed by a Yud, are replaced with their respective contractions.

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Does this site perform word wrap?

Yes. The page width of Braille text is assumed to be 40 characters. All words that will not fit within that width are placed on the next line.

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After I hit the translate button, nothing seems to happen. Why?

When you hit the Translate button, the file you selected is first sent to the site web site over the Internet. It is then translated by our computers and then the file is sent over the Internet back to you. All of this can take some time. Please be patient. When translating large files using a slow Internet connection this process may take a some time.

If after waiting one minute you still feel you are having problems with the web site, try translating a smaller file with only a few sentences. This should take a relatively short time and will be an accurate way of determining if there is really a problem.

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