Where Are There Computers In The Torah? (Tefillin Apps)

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This was back in the early sixties, when the first mainframe computers were being introduced into business.

Professor  Abraham  Polichenco,  a  pioneer  in computer technology, visited the Lubavitcher  Rebbe and posed a question to him: “I know  that  everything  that  exists  in the world, even something that we discover later in history, has its source somewhere in the Torah.

So, where are there computers in the Torah?

Without hesitation, the Rebbe answered, “Tefillin.” The professor was perplexed. “What’s new about a computer?” the Rebbe continued.

You walk into a room and you see many familiar machines: A typewriter, a large tape recorder, a television set, a hole puncher, a calculator. What is new? “But under the floor, cables connect all these machines so they work as one.  (…)  Now look at your own self. You have a brain.  It is in one world. Your heart is in another.  And your hands often end up involved in something completely foreign to both of them.  Three diverse machines.

“So you put on tefillin. First thing in the day, you connect your head, your heart and your hand with these leather cables — all to work as one with one intent. And then when you go out to meet the world, all your actions find harmony in a single coordinated purpose.”

.There are a few iPhone apps that can help you to know better what is tefillin and how one should use it.

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The Tefillin Guide, the newest one, has been developed by Shmuel Aber .  This app reached the top 30 of its category. The Tefillin Guide  is a multilingual program aimed at helping assist you put on tefillin.

It is equipped with Sh’ma transliteration into English, Hebrew and Russian. The Spanish, French, Portuguese and Persian transliterations are coming soon. (read more here)

Price: Free (get app)

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There is also Free Android version of this app – download here. .

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Natan Rolnik, developer  from Modi’in, Israel released app called myTefillin.

With this free app, you can learn halachot of putting on tefillin, read the laying sequence and its prayers, and use the front camera of  iPhone 4, 4S/iPod Touch 4st gen. as a mirror to check if your head tefillin is in the right place.

Price: Free (get app)

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With Tefillin Mirror, app created by RustyBrick you can check the placement and position of your tefillin shel rosh on iPhone 4 and 4S.

This iPhone app will help you align your Tefillin in the optimal spot on your head. The forward-facing camera on the iPhone 4, along with three simple to use vertical guidelines will act as a useful Tefillin Mirror.

Price: Free (get app)

 

 

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(story via Tzvi Freeman,  Photo: R.Pass)
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