Jewish iPhone Apps

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Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from “Lion of Zion” blog, published: December 21, 2009

I’m not a big app user, but I’m always on the lookout for free (or very nominally priced) Jewish apps. I’ve found that most Jewish apps (as with most apps in general) are redundant or completely useless (at least for me).
In particular I’d love to find apps that make Jewish texts available for free. I recently added two great apps for learning shnayim mikra ve-echad targum/rashi called Chumash & Rashi and Chumash & Targum (from Jewishcontent.org). The apps present each pasuk followed by the Rashi or Targum for that pasuk. The apps are linked to the calendar, so when you launch one it automatically opens to the present week’s parsha and to the aliyah for that day. “Chumash & Rashi” is available with or without the JPS English translation. Both the Rashi and Targum apps have text searching capabilities and the ability to adjust the font type and size. Best of all . . . they’re free!

One criticism is that the apps feel somewhat crude and less than elegant. Also funtionality could be greatly improved if Rashi and the Targum were be combined in one app. Finally, sometimes I wish I could collapse the Rashi/Targum in order to read continuous mikra. But hey, the apps are free, so who am I to complain? Enjoy!

(I’m still looking for a good file manager/transfer app so I can store PDFs and other files on the phone. If there’s one you like, please let me know. Again, free is always best.)

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