In what remains of my free time I have been working on a simple app in which you can enter the name of a food or beverage and it will display the appropriate bracha in Hebrew transliteration. I started this mainly for myself, as I didn’t grow up practicing nor reading Hebrew, so it would be helpful for me in learning. I had the idea after I found myself always googling the appropriate blessings before eating something. I posted here a while back before I began working on it and there appeared to be some interest, I believe from American Jews who would find the transliteration helpful.
I’ve got the bones of the app done, and now need to fine tune the data for it. I’ve compiled an excel file listing entries and the names of the appropriate blessings for before and after eating (a second excel file is used to match the bracha name with the text of the blessing).
I thought I would post here to see if anyone would be interested in contributing entries to the list. The current list is using data from a reputable website. If more entries are added I will have it checked by a Rabbi before publishing. I haven’t had much time to work on this lately because of a full-time job and university, but I don’t want to forget about it completely. If anyone is truly interested in contributing to this project here is a link to the files. I could also provide a link to a collaborative google drive document. I hope to make more progress during spring break.
Birkat Hamazton is not included in the link, it is in a separate file all its own because of its length.
Another challenge is the transliteration itself, it’s been a little difficult finding transliterations for all of the brachot, and the ones I have found are not all in the same style. I will eventually be making all of the transliterations uniform in style.
The files linked are:
brachot.xlsx – entry name, bracha rishona, bracha achrona, comment (if applicable)brachot2.xlsx – bracha name, hebrew text, hebrew transliteration (currently a bit messy)
Thank you for taking the time to read. If there’s any interest in this I would love to hear from you. Otherwise I’d appreciate any general thoughts you have on the project.