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Jewish Learning Apps

By Chaim Heller

A couple of weeks ago several of us attended the Prizmah (National Jewish Day School) Conference in Atlanta. We learned that there are three new and excellent opportunities for anyone to increase their Jewish knowledge and engagement, and I wanted to share them with you. They are all available free of charge, and no Hebrew knowledge is required to enjoy them.

929 is a website and accompanying app that promotes the study of one chapter of Tanach each day, in English (There are 929 chapters all in all.) The videos, stories and thought pieces are all designed to be no more than five minutes each, and you can learn from some of the best thinkers in the Jewish world, every day, and participate as you see fit. Several teachers at SDJA are 929ers and we thoroughly enjoy it. Click on the link and join the international club, .

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has developed a new, free, online curriculum about Judaism and Jewish values based on traditional and contemporary teachings as well as his own writings. The material is compelling and has both entry and advanced levels of study. This is a beautifully produced program with rich visuals to accompany the content and I promise you’ll find yourself engaged, and quickly. Click on the link and open up “Ten Paths To God,” accompanied by one of the great teachers of our time.

Lastly, an Israeli foundation developed Mercava, a platform and accompanying app that enables you to study from a wide array of Jewish texts, with English translations, videos, visuals and narration throughout the program. It uses technology brilliantly and I find myself spending way too much time as I follow idea after idea after idea, all the while watching visual representations of the concepts. Click on this link and see for yourself. It takes a while to figure out, but it’s worth the effort.

Your fellow learner,

Chaim

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