Apps for iPhone and iPad

Rashi Decoder

Have problems reading Rashi script? Rashi decoder is a calculator style app to change Rashi style fonts into block Hebrew for those who know Hebrew but not the flowing fine print of the commentators.

Rashi Script is a 16th century Hebrew typeface. Like its Latin equivalent italic, the typeface was used to print small font sizes in removable lead type without chipping the type. Based on rounded Sephardic handwriting, it also gave a different look to commentaries and glosses placed around Tanach and Talmud on a printed page. The 11th century commentator Rashi was the first and most popular of the Hebrew Biblical commentators. Rashi’s and the other commentator’s work stands out on a page of Tanach or Talmud due to this unique looking font. Modern scholars, in tribute to the volume of Rashi’s commentary material in the glosses have named this font for him.

Since this script does look different than block Hebrew, Rashi script decoder is a utility to quickly transcribe a word or short phrase into block Hebrew. Type in a word or short phrase and its block Hebrew writing shows in the display.

Hebrew Script Decoder

Do you know Hebrew, but when trying to find something in Tel Aviv, you can’t read the signs in Hebrew cursive? Do you get frustrated when someone starts writing in Hebrew cursive and you cant read any of it? Cursive Hebrew certainly looks different than block Hebrew. Many people who know Prayerbook Hebrew or Biblical Hebrew end up scratching their heads. Hebrew cursive decoder is a utility to quickly transcribe a word or short phrase into block Hebrew. Type in a word or short phrase and its block Hebrew writing shows in the display. A great accessory for your next trip to Israel.

App Support

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