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Passover is almost here. Are you ready? As one of the most
work-intensive and beloved of all the Jewish holidays comes rolling
around the corner, we’ve assembled the top five apps to help get you
into holiday spirit.
Whether you have halahic questions that
need answering, are struggling to prepare your seder menu, or simply
need some holiday-themed entertainment for your children while you
clean, we’re here for you.
On the subject of eating
For some, Passover is the time to demonstrate how creativity flourishes under constraints.
others, Passover is a time to eat a lot of matza. If you fall in the
second category then you might be dreading feeling over-carbed and
undernourished, walking around in a gloomy daze with the gritty taste of
mazta crumbs stuck in your teeth. Well we have the app for you. Food Street: Passover
brings you a lovely assortment of hag-friendly recipes to spice up your
holiday. Whether you need the perfect dessert for your seder, a
slightly more interesting for your family, or your simply sick of matza,
give this app a try.Cost: $0.99Supported formats: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Count down
On the second day of Passover, we begin the counting of the Omer. The Sefiros
however, shows us that counting of the Omer is much more than a simple
count down. According to Jewish tradition, this is a time for spiritual
renewal and personal growth, marked by introspection and the attempt to
more fully embody what it means to be created in God’s image. Based on
the indentically-titled book by Rabbi Haber, and created by a talented
team of Anglos living in Israel, Sefiros will guide you through each day
of the Omer.
Cost: $4.99Supported formats: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Sell, search and destroy: Hametz
out your feather, wooden spoon and candle: The time has come to get rid
of every last trace of Hametz. Oh didn’t I mention? This year, there’s
an app for that.
Rustybrick’s No Chametz
walks you through the selling, searching and destroying of all your
forbidden foods. Equipped with a guide on the halahot that accompany
each of these tasks, this app also includes the respective blessings
that must be recited, as well as the dates and deadlines by which all of
these duties must be completed. Cost: FreeSupported formats: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad This night
aren’t suggesting you turn child-rearing over to your iPhone, but while
you’re doing your Passover cleaning or dusting off your haggadot, why
not allow it at least to help and give Jeremy poisson’s iMahNishtana
app a try. This app will provide educational entertainment for your
child, and most importantly, help prepare them for the rather daunting
responsibility of chanting the Ma Nishtana at your seder.
only will this app teach them the words and the tune, it also teaches
the meaning behind the Hebrew through fun, interactive drills. Best of
all, there's a record function. Your child can record his/her chanting
and listen to the playback for an extra confidence boost and to play to
their narcissism! Cost: $0.99Supported formats: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad By the books
What can we actually eat during the holiday? This Passover, OU Kosher
(also available for android
app that combines the former OU Passover app and a general kosher foods
directory—will answer your most pressing food-related questions, and
Simply type in your food of choice, and watch the
answer as to whether it's kosher for Passover appear below. Best of
all, should the answer not appear, use the hotline function to send a
question directly to the OU. Cost: FreeSupported formats: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android Appaholic
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