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Best Jewish iPhone Apps and Accessories
The wonderful world of the app store, available to those with Apple products, has opened up a whole new genre of ways to learn, interact and have fun.
It is not surprising then that one can also learn a lot about the Jewish way of life, covering the more religious aspects, plus some from a more comical perspective, directly from cleverly developed apps.
There are no doubt an extensive amount of Jewish-themed iPhone apps available, both free and paid versions. Even if you yourself are not Jewish, this selection of apps will allow you to get more acquainted with Judaism and Jewish customs.
In my opinion, none are designed to be offensive so please enjoy with a light-hearted view.
A Jewish mother is typically known for her unique, loving way of being a nag. Let's be frank. The developers of this app have given you the opportunity to have your own, hilarious miniature Jewish mother trapped right inside your iPhone.
There are over 100 phrases to keep you forever cringing and entertained. Just like the real deal, she is so clever she has even got different phrases for men and women, and she can even adjust them to suit your marital status. Just like your own Jewish mother, she knows absolutely everything.
iBubbe - Virtual Jewish Grandmother
A Jewish Grandmother is known to always impart her pearls of wisdom to all who listen. The iBubbe, the virtual Jewish Grandmother, is no different.
With over 50 quotes and animations she will happily nag you, give you advice or sing you a traditional Jewish song. Simply tap the screen to make her speak, and when you have had more than enough just shake your iPhone and she will be silenced.
Here's a sneak peek at iBubbe.
If you love Sudoku and are looking for a new challenge, try Judoku.
This game is essentially the same as its name-sake, however instead of using numbers, you use Jewish symbols such as the shofar, the Star of David and Hebrew letters.
The rules are the same - no more than one symbol in each three-by-three box.
So, we all know what a photo booth is, and there are plenty around to help you turn your face into a number of shapes, colors and looks, but now with 'Jew Booth' you can turn your Uncle Fred into a nice Jewish Boy or Aunt Mary into the Jewish mother she always wished she was.
Use any photo from your iPhone library and add a distinctive Jewish twist. Whether you add a kippah, a Star of David necklace or even a beard and you'll be transformed before your very eyes.
Yes this is stereotyping Jewish people into all having a particular look but this app is to be used with a sense of humor.
If you need to refresh you Jewish knowledge, or maybe you are dating a Jewish person and need a cheat sheet, then this is your app.
The Jewish Guide is the perfect way to explain Jewish terms and useful phrases in easy to understand english. It covers everything from Holidays, to Signs and Symbols, Prayers, Blessings and the Jewish people.
Don't get caught out again and keep up to speed with everything Jewish. You never know who you'll impress.
The Amazing Jewish-Fact-a-Day Calendar
If you are a trivia buff, expand your knowledge with this amazing fact a day app.
- Can you name the play into which Shakespeare slipped some Hebrew?
You will learn about important historical events that occurred on each particular day, some fascinating religious practices and all about some famous figures.
Yiddish Slang Dictionary
Yiddish slang is actually more commonly used in our everyday language than you may be aware of.
The next time you’re at a party and spill your drink and someone calls for a schmutter, you can whip out the Yiddish Slang Dictionary app and not only know what they are referring to but try a comeback with an equally appropriate word.
This dictionary also includes common words such as schlep and mensch and so many more.
Jewish people commonly use the word Oy. In fact matched with other words, it is a word that can cover a multitude of scenarios and allows you to express dismay for any occasion.
This app cleverly covers those and provides you with recorded examples so that you can not only pronounce it properly but know just when to use what.
Phrases such as “oy gevalt” and “oy vey” are ones you must master. Listen to the 20 hilarious and authentic witticisms and get using them today.
Alef Bet - The Jewish Alphabet
It may be designed for children, but this app, Alef Bet for Kids, will teach anyone, no matter what age you are, the Jewish Alphabet.
It provides a fun and interactive learning opportunity helping you to learn through images, sound and animation. This is a great app as it will give you the Hebrew and English pronunciations and this could just be the start of your learning.
Jewish iPhone Accessories
If you want to go away the way, consider adding some bling to your iPhone with some accessories. You name it you can buy it. Whether it is a iPhone cover or case, covered in designs of the Western Wall, the Star of David or Symbols of Chanukah you canturn your iPhone Jewish, inside and out.
This selection of apps, available for the Apple iPhone and some other select products such as the iPad, will hopefully give you an insight into the Jewish people and culture from a not-so-typical view.
Just as I am sure none of the developers designed these apps to ridicule or draw negative attention to the Jewish people, neither have I.
All of the above mentioned apps are available from the app store.
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