Passover is just about here and this year has seen more holiday themed videos and apps than ever before.
Jordana Horn, writing in the Jerusalem Post, covered the recent trend of Jewish holiday themed videos going viral. She writes, "...the newest Jewish phenomenon: the forwarding of viral Jewish holiday video links. Videos – with greatly varying production values – dealing with Jewish holidays (usually in a humorous way), have been around for a few years. But ever since Yeshiva University’s a cappella group The Maccabeats’ 'Candlelight' video parody of Taio Cruz’s 'Dynamite' got over 5 million hits on YouTube, the field has exploded – with self-appointed parodists, songsters and court jesters getting in touch with their inner-kosher hams."
Some of the top Passover videos on YouTube are:
And Passover apps are everywhere you look. Following up on the success of Jewish holiday themed app sales during Hanukkah and Purim, companies like Rusty Brick, Captain Moustache and the Orthodox Union have all rolled out apps for Passover. From virtual haggadahs to chametz sales, we have really found our freedom with these tech gadgets.
Here are some of the must-have apps to liberate you during the Passover season:
Rusty Brick's "No Chametz app" helps you go through the process of searching, cleaning, destroying and selling your chametz prior to the holiday. This app ensures you properly remove any chametz under your ownership. It even helps you destroy the chametz with the Bittul and Bi'ur (nullifying and burning). Features include times for the last opportunity to eat chametz and when one should burn it, preparation checklist, blessings, & flashlight.
Carrie Krauthamer of Captain Moustache reports that they are building on the excitement of their dreidel spinning Hanukkah app with a Passover app that allows you to build a matzah ball man. Passover Matzah Ball Builder is a fun, interactive app for the younger ones.
If you're looking for a Passover Haggadah for your Android-powered smart phone, there's Max Harpunsky's 99-cent Haggadah app.
Other Haggadah apps are available for the iPhone and Android phones, as well as apps for the children to learn the Mah Nishtanah (Four Questions).
With all this exciting technology, no one has an excuse not to get into the Passover holiday spirit.
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Chag Sameach from Jewish Techs!
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