“Search and Destroy” Mission app

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It’s time to put your Chametz into the history. The night before Passover demands Chametz to be nowhere near you. We launch a genuine “search and destroy” mission. The enemy is Chametz (leavened products that are forbidden to be consumed during Passover), or any kind of a trace of it. For the time of this holiday your home has to stay clear of it. You search for Chametz with a traditional stuff for it such as: a beeswax candle, a feather, wooden spoon, and a paper bag.

The custom says to place ten pieces of bread all over the house and then find it. The bread should be packed in a particular way: first wrapped in some material that burns easily and afterwards in a plastic bag so the crumbs won’t fall. Try putting down the whereabouts of the “hidden” bread pieces to be sure to clear it out of the house.

It is completely obvious for somebody from the apps business to create an app for that as well. That someone are the guys from RustyBrick, the leader of religious themed Jewish applications for iPhone.

No chametz“, as this is the name of the newest app, was designed with a thought to assisting Jewish iPhone users in the clean-up of the Chametz before the Passover time.

The application’s divided into three basic parts: Searching for Chametz, Selling of Chametz, Destroying Chametz. During each of the three parts you are given a traditional orthodox blessing. You got blessings in English and Hebrew. Using your GPS location the app provides you with appropriate time for searching, stop eating and burning the Chametz. Rabbi Elozor Barclay & Rabbi Yirzchok Jaeger give the users some historical background alongside with some Jewish laws relating to the activities. Thanks to the app you can more easily find the Chametz. The app assists you in the process by giving you halakhot, brachot, zmanim, a checklist builder (you design these parts yourself by adding particular locations for searching, you do this by using a “plus” sign in the right upper corner of “Chametz locations” section) and a flash light (only in case of iPhone4) which is to substitute a traditional candle. Even though, using this modern source of light isn’t in conflict with a halakha, I would rather recommend using a traditional candle light especially that you conduct the search with your children. It’s one of those elements which shows you the way of linking tradition with the modern approach. “Ma’aseh avot siman le-banim” – the deeds of the fathers are an omen for the sons.

The app assists you in selling, the chametz in the right time by placing a link to Torah.org (as an agent) where you can sell your flour, bread and any remaining Chametz. The Bitul (chametz is no longer in your possession) and Bi’ur (chametz, should be eaten, destroyed or given away before the Pesach) with halakhah, brachot and zmanim provided by the app assist you in the finale process of destroying the Chametz once and for all.

Above any reasonable doubt “No Chamtez” is a useful application. I didn’t find any bugs and maybe the only thing that is missing is some educational feature which could help in involving the children in the whole process of  Bedikat Chametz. Puzzles, Maze Labyrinth, Coloring pages or something like that could definitely complete the picture. Well, that may a good start for a new app…

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Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Category: Reference
Updated: April 07, 2011
PublisherRustyBrick, Inc
Price: Free (get app)

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(Painting by Boris Dubrov)

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