Monday, November 03, 2008


Let’s file this under what will they think of next? Ha’aretz:
Thousands of observant Jews around the world are praying three times a day - using their BlackBerry handheld devices.

A software program for BlackBerries combines Hebrew prayers and technology, the brainchild of two entrepreneurs who attended New York's Yeshiva University.

The program, which provides texts of daily prayers instead of the traditional, printed book, has been dubbed the JewBerry. The program is not linked to Research in Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry.
Sorry but I have to ask - but is it kosher?


Chris Taylor said...

I had electronic versions of the Bible (KJV and NIV) on my Treo and BlackBerry... very handy for looking up verses quickly, or doing a bit of daily devotions while commuting.

Not so handy to use while actually in church on a Sunday morning. Still extremely convenient, but everyone thinks you're texting as opposed to reading along.

I prefer these electronic formats over having a book to lug around, but it'll probably be a few decades before it really catches on.

Kateland, aka TZH said...

I still like my books, and frankly, once one gets to a certain age those little bitty screens are a killer on the eyes.

Although, I will probably be the first in line once the kindle comes to Canada...I like the idea of completely adjustable fonts even if the price is a little outrageous.

Chris Taylor said...

Heh, the screens are not always easy to read, but you can still adjust the font size on them to fairly huge levels.

I am used to itty bitty fonts even in the printed word -- the Bible I drag to church is a slimline one less than an inch deep. I think its font size is comparable to the BB font on-screen.

Marsha Hopp said...

Hebrew in Hand is another option for BlackBerry users. Hebrew in Hand is the only mobile device software that supports fully pointed Hebrew -- both vowels (nekudot) and cantillation marks (trop). With Hebrew in Hand, you can download all of the haftarot, along with a growing library of other Jewish texts, including mincha and maariv. It's free, and you can get it at
Thanks for the opportunity to comment. --Marsha Hopp