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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What Brochah do you make when you create an iPhone App?

It is difficult to describe the feeling an author has when he or she first touches their new book or sefer - hot off the press. Months and sometimes years of life experience and study have culminated into a little parcel that can be held in the palm of your hand and most exhilarating be shared. -Suddenly you can share not only your thoughts but your actual essence with your family, friends and even with complete strangers. To celebrate secular authors organize book signings and speeches while great Rabbis celebrate by inviting their closest students to a “Meal of Thanks”. They would speak about their book and give thanks to the Almighty for the privilege of being His agent to teach His word in this world.

What do you do when you create an APP?

Just before Pesach we got the word that Apple finally accepted our Sefiros App for the iPhone and iPad into the Apple Store. Since Sefiros; the book was published over six thousand men and women have depended on it to make their Sefirat HaOmer meaningful. Until now one’s book could be made available to the few hundred or maybe thousand people that happened to notice your book in the local bookstore.

Today, over 100 million people own an iPhone or iPad. One can only speculate as to how many of those iPhoners are Jewish men and women that observe the Mitzvah of Sefirat HaOmer and wish to take the Mitzvah beyond counting and barley and enter the world of spiritual growth by understanding the Kabbalistic energy of the day.

To be sure, my friends in Geulah and on Rechov Sorotzkin may not appreciate this historical accomplishment and it is almost impossible to inscribe an APP - nevertheless - we have utilized the best technology known to man to share Torah teachings that are thousands of years old.

APP She’BeApp

If you have an iphone or an ipad please click here to download my App. Not only will it remind you to count but it will remind you to grow into a great human being while becoming closer to the Master of the Universe.

My blessings for a wonderful Chag HaPesach!

Yaacov Haber rabbiyhaber@gmail.com

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Meet Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Rabbi Yaacov HaberRabbi Haber has been a leading force in Jewish Outreach for the past 25 years. A founding trustee of AJOP, the Association of Jewish Outreach Professionals, he was the founder and director of the Torah Center of Buffalo from 1980-1990 while serving as a community rabbi in Buffalo. From Buffalo he and his family traveled to Melbourne, Australia where as a project of Kollel Bais HaTalmud he founded the Australian Institute of Torah, a national outreach and adult education program. He directed that program from 1990-1995, at which time he was sought out as National Director of Jewish Education for the Orthodox Union in the United States where he created the Internationally acclaimed and highly successful "Pardes Project."

In addition to his duties at the OU, in 1996 he replaced Rabbi Berel Wein as the spiritual leader of Congregation Bais Torah in Monsey, NY. In keeping with the position of Congregation Bais Torah in the Monsey community, Rabbi Haber was involved in issues involving the greater Monsey community, and counseled hundreds of individuals in the surrounding area.

Rabbi Yaacov Haber is the founder and driving force behind TorahLab. Through TorahLab, Rabbi Haber is bringing together educational and media specialists to create dynamic learning experiences which will be accessible to adults of all backgrounds and levels. Rabbi Haber has published numerous articles and books and is a sought after international lecturer.

Rabbi Haber and his family are presently living in Ramat Beit Shemesh where he is the Rabbi of Kehillas Shivtei Yeshurun.

Rabbi Haber can be contacted at yhaber@torahlab.org