In a move to give individuals the tools to fully experience Judaism in their everyday lives, the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative rabbis and Masorti rabbis (Israel and Europe) has created a new smartphone app. Sanctifull, as the app is known, contains new prayers based on Jewish wisdom that specifically speak to life’s critical moments for which there is no traditional Jewish text. Other exciting features include Hebrew, English, transliteration and audio for many traditional blessings, like those for before and after food, along with new meditation for each.
Examples of these new prayers include occasions such as: putting a parent in the care of a nursing home, sending one’s children to school for the first time and after a fight with a spouse or friend.
“This app is our latest endeavor to make Judaism’s wisdom accessible for Jews in the rhythm of their everyday experiences,” said Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president. “Our rabbis have created new prayers to accompany a variety of life’s moments that call out for a sacred connection and awaken their awareness to the richness of Jewish tradition.”
Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, associate editor of Siddur Lev Shalem edited the collection authored by 29 contributors. Sanctifull is available for download on the Apple App Store. No word yet on an Android OS version.
Author contributors include Rabbi David Ackerman, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Rabbi Paula Drill, Cantor Joanna Dulkin, Rabbi Amy Eilberg, Reb Mimi Feigelson, Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer, Rabbi Jacob Fine, Rabbi Felipe Goodman, Rabbi Mark Greenspan, Rabbi Lilly Kaufman, Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin, Rabbi Allan Kensky, Rabbi Naomi Levy, Rabbi Jack Moline, Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Rabbi David Rosen, Rabbi Jim Rosen, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, Rabbi Rob Scheinberg, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, Rabbi Jonathan Slater, Rabbi Marc Soloway, Rabbi Aaron Weininger, Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, and Rabbi David Wolpe. The audio recordings were provided by Etta Abramson and Yossi Hoffman.