Jewish Fact a Day

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What does the Talmud say about airplanes? What did Louis Armstrong say about the Jews? Where is Hebrew hidden in a Shakespeare play? And which iphone app keeps Shabbat?

The newest entry into a narrow field of only a few hundred Jewish-themed apps is The Amazing Jewish Fact-a-Day Calendar, created by Alexander Seinfeld, a Baltimore based rabbi-educator.

Each day, a new amazing Jewish fact appears on the screen, with compelling graphics and links to further online reading, audio and video. It also will tell you both the Western and Hebrew date. And it doesn’t work on Shabbat. Instead, if a user tries to open it on Shabbat, the app will display the message, “Shabbat Shalom, see you Saturday night!”

We weren’t trying to impose Sabbath-observance on anyone,” Seinfeld said, joking that “you have no idea how much time and effort went into researching each day’s fact and all those links. By excluding Shabbat, I saved myself having to create 52 additional facts! But seriously, this feature adds an extra Jewish touch that I think users are going to appreciate.

The app stands out in a more fundamental way as well.  Most of  the Jewish apps available fall into very narrow niche-markets, for example, the Talmudic-dictionary app. The Amazing Jewish-Fact-a-Day calendar was market-tested across the entire range of Jewish and non-Jewish audiences, from the most to the least learned.

The most common reaction: “Wow, I didn’t know that!”

The Jewish-Fact-a-Day Calendar is not merely trivia.  It includes a wealth of ancient Jewish wisdom on life, relationships, ethics, and spirituality. Favorite Jewish Facts may be bookmarked and even emailed to friends.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Category: Education
Released: October 21, 2010
Publisher: Alexander Seinfeld
Price: $0.99 (buy app)

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