י״ח בניסן ה׳תשע״ו (April 26, 2016)
Throughout the world, young and old alike enjoy the festive bonfires of Lag B’Omer and the delicious cheesecake of Shavuot. That said, we need to perform the act of Sefiras HaOmer, counting the Omer (all the way from the holiday of Passover to Shavuot), to reach these dates. And yet, understanding the mechanics and spiritual significance of this 49 day period is an ominous task.
Enter the iOS app called Sefiros.
This app is based on the bestselling book Sefiros, from the acclaimed author and community leader Rabbi Yaacov Haber. As an aside, I was privileged to briefly meet Rabbi Haber in person at Kishor Social Media Conference where we both lectured. From his remarks it was clear to all, that he is both a revered scholar—as well as someone who is keenly aware of and in use of the technological tools. Hence, it is only fitting that he created an app that does more than simply helps one count the Omer. In fact, Sefiros seems to continue where the book left of in that it provides daily Kabbalistic insights as well as alerts that allow the user to discover and implement the unique spirituality found in each day of the Omer.
I’ve tested this app the past couple of days and found that from design to content the Sefiros app really shines.
Unfortunately, there are some apps out there in which the user experience is outright sloppy. I’m pleased to report that the Sefiros app is beautifully designed and is easy to use. Plus, it features a useful reminder to count the Omer complete with the text of the proper blessing. It even automatically adjusts to your timezone and location. This function is useful for anyone who may find themselves traveling on business or the like but still doesn’t want to get confused with what day of the Omer to count. What’s more, in line with today’s web 2.0 world that we live in, the app will allow one to share on Facebook and Twitter.
Best of all, the Grow version of this app, allows one to truly actualize this special time period. One can set various alerts that will remind a person to perform or be conscious of actions with G-d, their spouse or even to work on a character trait. In so doing, despite the busy world that we live in, one can have an app to help them not only with their physical health (such as Lose It) but with their spiritual well-being as well.
If you are looking for some meaning after Passover or simply want to finally understand the Omer, I recommend you download the Sefiros app.
App: Sefiros Grow by Mosaica Press
Compatible: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Released: May 03, 2011 (Updated: March 27, 2014)
Publisher: Yaacov Haber © Mosaica Press, TorahLab, Rabbi Yaacov Haber with Rabbi David Sedley
Price: Free (get app)
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