Thanks to Chicago-based company Davka Corporation, there is no need to lug around a 2,000-page Bible.
Davka has teamed up with Zigzag, Inc. to produce an Android application that allows users to learn Torah on the go. The Tanach Bible app, which can be downloaded for $9.99, includes the complete text of the Hebrew Bible along with English translation and Rashi's commentary.
Many previously developed apps that use Hebrew characters have experienced display issues with vowel and trope placements, but the Tenach Bible app claims its font is easy to read. The app also provides users with full Hebrew support, including a Hebrew keyboard with four different font sizes.
The app includes all 24 books, the texts of the Torah, Nevi'im (Prophets), Ketuvim (Writings), as well as Rashi's entire commentary on the Tanach. Features include the option to view either Rashi and Hebrew or Hebrew and English in parallel columns, and easy navigation through pages and books. Users can also bookmark pages for future reference and sort through bookmarks by most recent or by book name.
"What distinguishes Tanach Bible from many other apps is the ability to view text in parallel columns—in Hebrew and English, or in Hebrew and Rashi's commentary," said Alan Rosenbaum of Davka Corporation. "This makes it very useful for on-the-go Torah study. In fact, one can view and study the weekly Torah portion by Parsha and Aliyah."
The app, which is available worldwide on Google Play, works on all Androids and tablets with an operating system of 1.6 or higher.
Danielle Chazen is a regular contributor to Jspace's technology division. Danielle is a freelance reporter and technology event coordinator with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.