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Your Top Ten Questions on The New Sefaria Answered!

Team Sefaria here with answers to the top ten questions we received from users after the launch of our new website. We hope this helps clear things up, but please feel free to continue to email us at Hello@Sefaria.org with any questions you’re still left with. 

1) Help! I can’t find my source sheets.

Your source sheets are all alive and well on the new Sefaria; they’re just in a different place! You can now find them in your personal menu. Once you’re logged in, go to the upper right side of the page and find the profile icon. There, you will find a tab titled “My Source Sheets.”

2) How do I add texts to my source sheet on the new Sefaria?

We’ve created videos to show you how to add texts, step-by-step.

Texts in the Sefaria Library

Texts not in the Sefaria Library

3) When will iOS be available?

Soon! The Sefaria iOS app is currently in development! Sign up for our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive the latest updates.

To gain early access to the app and provide feedback, please sign up to be a beta tester.

4) How can I read two texts side by side?

When you click on a verse, a side panel titled “Connections” will immediately open to the right. Next to the label “Connection” on the top bar is the word “Tools.” Click into that and then click “Compare.” This will bring you to the main text page, where you can choose any text from our entire library to view side by side next to your original text.

5) How can I search public source sheets?

After clicking “explore source sheets” on the homepage, you will be directed to the source sheet database. You can also reach it by clicking the navigation bar on the upper left corner and scrolling until you see “source sheets” under the “resources” section. You can see all of our source sheets organized by tag: “most used,” “alphabetical,” and “trending.” You can also search by topic in the navigation bar above.

For more info, watch this video for a step-by-step explanation.

6) Why can’t I see Hebrew and English texts side by side anymore?

This feature will be back in a matter of weeks! The temporary inability to see Hebrew and English texts side by side was the result of a design issue that required tweaking by our engineers.

7) How can I download your texts?

The new Sefaria makes it easier than ever to download whole texts at a time. On the Table of Contents page for any given text, there is now a “download text” option at the bottom of every page. You can choose your version setting, as well as the file format you prefer.

8) Why do I see a “plus” button after every source on my source sheet?

Great news! You can now add a source anywhere on your sheet, instead of having to add it at the end and drag it to the correct location. When you click on that “plus” sign, you’ll get our full add menu, which will allow you to add a source, an outside text, a comment or media.

9) How do I share my source sheet with my students or colleagues?

Once your source sheet is saved, you’ll see a “share” button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Click on that and you’ll see the “shareable link” that you can send to others if you want them to be able to view your source sheet. In addition, you’ll be able to choose different access options (such as listing your sheet publicly on Sefaria, or opening it up for collaboration or editing).

10) Printing source sheets from Sefaria is still not easy. What’s the deal?

Unfortunately, creating a web application that prints consistently across all browsers and operating systems is not a simple task. Keep in mind that your source sheet may look different depending on the browser you print it from. We want to fix these issues, and are developing a tool that will allow you to export your document to Google Docs to allow for more robust formatting. In the meantime, here are some tips for printing:

>Use the “Print Preview” feature in your browser’s print dialog. This will show you how your sheet will break over pages, and allow you to make any adjustments before printing.

>From the print dialog, you can also save a sheet as a PDF. Once saved as a PDF, your sheet will print reliably across systems.

>If you want to add black space between sources to ensure the pages break as you like, you can add a custom text between sources and then hit “enter” as needed in the comment to add space.

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