ArtScroll speaks with Eli Drabkin – Operations Manager of the Wasserman Digital Initiative

AS: More and more people ­are learning with ArtScroll’s Wasserman Digital Initiative. Please tell us about it.

ED: The Wasserman Digital Initiative is truly a revolutionary way to learn! In 2012 we released the first volume of Digital Berachos, and we’ve been adding to the Digital Library ever since. We now have the full digital English Talmud, most of the Hebrew Talmud, the Siddur, Tanach, Tehillim, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Mesillas Yesharim, the new Elucidated Mishnayos, and more!

AS: What are some of the most popular features of the Schottenstein Digital Talmud?

ED: It’s jam-packed with features to customize your learning experience. Popular features include the translation popover: Simply tap on a Hebrew phrase and the translation pops up over that phrase! Another option automatically highlights the Talmud page in different colors, showing you where the questions, answers, statements, proofs, and inquiries begin and end. You can also search any word, Hebrew or English, within the entire Digital Library!

AS: And now you’ve added the Schottenstein Digital Elucidated Mishnah. 

ED: Yes, and this is a must-have for people who want to learn on the go. What’s better to do in a waiting room than learning a Mishnah? You’d be amazed how much you can accomplish by learning during that “wasted” time, when you have ArtScroll’s Digital Mishnayos with you!

AS: Can you share some of the feedback you’ve gotten about the Digital Initiative?

ED: The feedback is phenomenal! So many people have told us how the app has enhanced and increased their learning. We’ve also had a tremendous impact on many lives. For example, because you can enlarge the font sizes and have the text on a backlit screen, many with vision problems can daven and learn regularly again! We even have a user with nerve damage who had lost his sense of touch; he was heartbroken because he couldn’t turn pages of a physical book anymore. He was ecstatic when I helped him set up the Digital Library on his iPad, and he can now learn once again. We’ve even set this up for patients with ALS. It has opened to the door to so many, and on so many different levels!

Want to know how it works? Try it for yourself! The app is a free download from the AppStore/GooglePlay Store — just search for “ArtScroll,” and it will automatically download some free sample volumes!

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