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Prayers of Repentance – Selichot For iPhone According To The Nusach Sephardi [Update]

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In the Sephardic tradition, Selichot are said beginning with the month of  Elul (1st day of Rosh Chodesh Elul this year August 27) , through Yom Kippur to help worshippers direct their hearts and minds to the process of teshuvah, repentance.   At  the  Selichot service, worshippers begin to examine  their  deeds of the past year,  seeking forgiveness from G-d, and promising(…)

The Heavy Sound Of Silence [Parshat Va'etchanan By Rabbi Zalman Lent]

The Talmud in Tractate Pesachim (50a) tells the story of Yosef, the son of Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi, who had a near-death experience, but miraculously survived. When he came to, his father asked him what he had seen in Heaven. His son replied, “I saw an upside-down world. Those people we regard as important down(…)

Jewish Funeral Customs: Saying Goodbye To A Loved One [iOS App]

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There is a way to live as a Jew,  there is also a way to die and be buried as a Jew. With a help of a new simple app “JewBurial” you will learn what, where and when has to be done when someone dies, along with the appropriate prayers to be said for the deceased.(…)

Missile Alert System – A New iPhone Apps – Unfortunately Still Needed

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Israeli developers have created already few apps to track rockets and help Israelis quickly find the nearest bomb shelters. The first one of this type (also Android version) was app called Color Red in Hebrew צבע אדום -  you can download and read more about it here. RED, a new app, provides a secondary alert(…)

Israeli Businesses Are Under Fire, Buy Products And Services From Businesses In The South Of Israel [Facebook Page And Android App]

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Following three weeks of intense rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, a group of dedicated Israeli citizens has banded together to form Israeli Businesses Under Fire, an initiative aimed at preventing the recent escalation with Hamas from destroying the economy of southern Israel. Israeli Businesses Under Fire allows people from across the world the opportunity(…)

Beit HaMikdash Jigsaw Puzzle Game For iPhone And iPad

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Simple, universal game good for iPad and iPhone based on the picture of Beit Hamikdash. Build with your kid this jigsaw puzzle of the Jewish Holy Temple. Those who solve the puzzle are rewarded — the screen flashes: “You built a Beis Hamikdash!” Not sophisticated game, but good as an introduction to stories about Tisha(…)

Why We Mourn? Suffering Associated With Absence Of The Holy Temple [Just Jew It]

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The fast of Tisha b’Av, the saddest date on the Jewish calendar, is the day which saw the destruction of both Holy Temples, as well as many other tragic events throughout our nation’s tear-soaked galut (exile). A mournful mood is carefully created. We read Jeremiah’s Book of Lamentations and a lengthy collection of elegies which(…)

Digital Eicha – Listen to Entire Book of Lamentations In Mp3 Format

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This week we will fast on Tisha Be’Av, the Fast of the 9th of Av, a day which encompasses the suffering of all those years of  Jewish history; the expulsions, pogroms, the Shoah and of course the destruction of our Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple) twice, our spiritual focal point on this world. On this day (Monday night this year), we(…)

Temple Timeline – The Story Of The Beit HaMikdash [Android Game]

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Are you happy with your kid shooting birds for hours on your smartphone?  Have you ever tried to find a Hanukkah present for your kids that they would enjoy, yet it would also enrich and teach them something Jewish? Perhaps a mobile game, that is also educational? Agadeta Games released Temple Timeline,  a first Jewish mobile(…)

Third Temple App Lets You Learn The Basic Structure Of The Third Beit HaMikdash

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According to Jewish tradition, the Mashiach is born on Tisha B’Av.  According to the Rambam, it is the Mashiach who will lead the Jewish People in the building of the Third Beit HaMikdash, that is never to be destroyed. Positive Mitzvah 20: Build a Mikdash for G-d Shemot 25:8: “They shall make a Temple (Mikdash) for Me, and I(…)

Visit The Beit HaMikdash In Jerusalem As It Once Stood Over 2000 Years Ago [iPhone And iPad App]

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Visit the holiest site in Judaism – the Beit HaMikdash in Jerusalem as it once stood over 2000 years ago. Take a 3D virtual tour of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, follow the guided tour or navigate yourself and explore the holiest site in Judaism. Explore & learn of its importance and place in Jewish(…)

A New Android App Helps Interpreting The Torah

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The Oxford English Dictionary defines Gematria as  “a Kabbalistic method of interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures by interchanging words whose letters have the same numerical value when added”. The Torah has many layers to it. There is the simple meaning of the words and then there are the secrets behind the words a kind of Code(…)

Manuscripts From The Cairo Genizah On Your Mobile Devices [iOS & Android - Update]

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The Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society (FJMS) was established as a not-for-profit organization in 2007. Its object is to educate the public by translating, transcribing, cataloguing, preserving and making available to the public Jewish manuscripts and other Jewish books and documents. In 2009, FJMS entered into a joint venture agreement with The Friedberg Genizah Project to(…)

The Kabbalah Network

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By Yonatan Gordon It’s one of the most important topics today, but it is also one of the most overlooked. Technically, we can call the subject of our discussion the “decentralized topography of networks.” But if there was ever a revolutionary subject hidden behind dry and technical-sounding words, it would probably either be this or(…)

Israeli Startup Helps You Get Advanced Notice Of An Impending Heart Attack

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A physicist from Israel has developed the world’s first “watch,” the Oxitone, which can give advanced notice of an impending heart attack. About half of all people who die from heart attacks could be saved if there were a witness nearby, says Oxitone inventor Leon Eisen. His watch will be that witness. So promising is(…)