Mishneh Torah for Smartphone

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The Mishneh Torah is a halachic masterpiece and first comprehensive code of Jewish law composed by Moses ben Maimon (1135-1204), in Hebrew known by the acronym of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, as a Rambam. He was one of history’s most preeminent Jewish thinkers, whose teachings also influenced the non­Jewish world.

Rambam was an author of some of the greatest Jewish works, including  philosophical work The Guide for the Perplexed and his magnum opus the Mishneh Torah. His intention was to compose a book that would guide Jews on how to behave in all situations just by reading the Torah and his code, without having to expend large amounts of time searching through the Talmud.

Mishneh Torah became a standard guide to Jewish practice and is studied around the world till today.

There are few apps for mobile phones with Mishneh Torah (4 for iPhone and 1 for Android powered phones).

Apps Rambam – 1 Chapter per day and Rambam – 3 Chapters per day were created by Rabbi Dovid Zirkind from JewishContent.org. There are two simple, but Free, apps for study 1 Chapter per day and second one for study 3 Chapters per day.

Both of apps have a very simple interface. You can change color of the background, and a font size. There is also build-in searcher for each chapter.  Since the entire text is in Hebrew you will find there audio shiurim in English related to each chapter (Internet connection needed).

Price: Free (get apps)

App Mishneh Torah – Rambam – רמב”ם – משנה תורה  for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is a joint project of  RustyBrick and Davka Corporation. Users of this app can browse the fourteen volumes of the Mishneh Torah on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and study the texts, search the texts with the program’s Hebrew search function, and bookmark and email selections for future reference.

The program is a universal app, and is optimized to run on all iPhone OS devices.

Price: $9.99 (buy app)

App Rambam’s Mishneh Torah – משנה תורה לרמב”ם – the newest app  of this kind in the AppStore created by Joshua Meier. This app includes the entire Mishneh Torah including Maimonides’s introduction and his list of Mitzvot (commandments). Also included are the corroborative glosses and the animadversions of the Ra’avad.

The app includes the ability to search the entire Mishneh Torah. You can also bookmark Halakhot (laws). If you find an interesting or important Halakha, you can email it to your friends or colleagues through the app.

Price: $7.99 (buy app)

There is only one Mishneh Torah app on Android Market – Jewish Books: Rambam – רמב”ם היד החזקה by OKtm Websites.

This app includes the entire Mishneh Torah with full Hebrew and English menus and zoom option.

Price: Free (get app)

Image: Rambams’ autograph of  Mishneh Torah (from the Cairo Genizah) – Bodleian Library

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