Apps can be fun, educational, and can even save you money (i.e. Cartwheel!) They keep kids busy for hours on long trips, and can even teach them new things.
Every now and then, an app comes along that actually offers users the opportunity for spiritual reflection. The following apps, designed for people who are interested in Judaism, can make learning about Jewish holidays and other Jewish stuff fun for families:
- Jonah Run: An Infinite Runner Game Set in Temple Times! Test your reflexes as you race along in Jewish Temple times over the ancient docks of Jaffa, across the sea enroute to Tarshish, and into the belly of a fish while you control Jonah, son of Amittai, as he runs away from his mission to bring the Lord’s prophecy to the people of Ninevah. You can try your hand at running forever or repent and be forgiven. Either way, Jonah Run is downright biblical. Cost: Free Available On: App Store and Google Play
- Jewish Baking App: Let’s Bake Challah: Make challah without getting your hands sticky. Mix it, braid it, bake it, decorate it, bless it and eat it - it’s the whole challah experience for your mobile device. Cost: Free Available On: App Store
- Mighty Shofar: This app enables you to build your own authentic shofar sequences and songs. You can choose from three different kinds of shofars: Yemenite, Gemsbok, or Ram’s horn. Four sounds are available with each horn: Tekiah, Shevarim, Teruah, and the Tekiah Gdolah. Record and store your own sound sequences through the apps recorder. Once your sequence or sound has been played simply shake your device and hear the replay of your most recent sound or sequence. Cost: Free Available On: App Store and Google Play
- Omer Counter: The 49-day period between the second night of Passover and the holiday of Shavuot is called the omer. Many Jews participate in a special practice of counting these days Sefirat HaOmer. Chabad’s Omer Counter & Assistant helps keep track of those days and offers daily meditations in Hebrew and English. Cost: Free Available On: App Store and Google Play
Hope you and your families enjoy these fun apps. Hope the see you soon at the J!