Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Jewish Chronicle - Reform movement building demo for e prayer book

Friends from Shir Ami will recall that I often talked about the idea of having a fully interactive siddur on your 'palmpilot' (we didn't have fancypants phones then) or other handheld device. It's only a matter of time, and I thank Dan Medwin for that. But the question of what happens to communal prayer with it'fillah is a worthwhile question, both in the positive and the negative. Does it contract the circle of communal prayer? Does an e-siddur expand the circle? We'll find out soon!


  1. Thanks for the fascinating post - it's a really interesting read. It's a little bit unfocused (it starts by talking about a siddur mobile app,then switches to ebooks), but it's all interesting :)

    I'm curious to know more about the siddur mobile app - it seems like it would be a great tool for personal/small-group education, but I"m not sure how useful it would be during services (i.e., would people 'wander off' into additional information instead of being mentally present during the service)

  2. On the topic of Jewish e-books:
    There's a fascinating-but-still-nascent project called OpenSiddur that aims to allow people to create their own siddurim.

    At this point it looks very nascent, but if it develops they way they're hoping, might be really interesting :)