iOS Apps for Passover


iOS Apps for Passover

I have a regular column in our local New Jersey Jewish News where I have the opportunity to share different apps of Jewish interest. The last time out I focused on environmental and conservation apps in conjunction with the holiday of Tu BiShvat since it is a day celebrating trees and nature. This time I decided to focus on apps for the upcoming holiday of Passover. Here is a reprint of the article which appeared yesterday.

iOS Apps for PassoverFrom the NJJN:


In preparation for Passover, I went to the iTunes App Store looking for some specific apps. I wanted an app that helps prepare for Passover, an app that serves as a mobile Haggada, an app that would helps determine which foods are and aren’t kosher for Passover, and an app or two that are entertaining and educational. I was easily able to find a suitable example for each category.

Haggada for Passover

(, $.99) is a mobile Haggada for either iPhone or iPad. It is straightforward and easy to use. I love the design of the app when used on an iPad; it places each of the parts of the seder on the left, so you can observe the order and flow of the service meal as you use it. The ordered parts remain static on the left while the remaining two-thirds of the screen show the content of that section of the Haggada. Settings are minimal but sufficient, allowing you to change the font and font size; you can choose either a light background with dark text or vice versa. Those who are ritually strict may want to avoid this app, since it spells out the name of divinity and does not use the placeholder of “HaShem.” As a Progressive Reform Jew, this is actually one aspect of the app that I appreciate.

No Chametz!

(, free) is an iPhone-only app but it will, of course, also work on the iPad in “doubled” mode. As the app explains, “The No Chametz! app helps Jews go through the process of searching, cleaning, destroying, and selling their bread prior to the Passover holiday.”

This app takes you through the entire ritual preparation for Passover; it explains the traditional way of dealing with hametz (leavened foods), and it enables you to sell your hametz so that none is left in your possession. It then walks you through the ritual of finding and then burning the ten pieces of hametz that were hidden around the house. Finally, it includes the various Halachot (Jewish laws) regarding hametz, its possession, and its removal prior to observing Passover.

OU Kosher

(, free) is also an iPhone-only app. It helps you find out what foods are kosher in general, which aren’t, and which are kosher for Passover specifically. It also lets you know what products are newly certified as kosher and gives you unique alerts when there are changes in product status. For example, it is not surprising that Oreo cookies are kosher, but they are not kosher for Passover. Mott’s Natural Applesauce is also kosher but not for Passover. Rockeach cabbage soup, on the other hand, is kosher for Passover, but only when it has the special sale for the holiday. If you are seeking to ensure that you are strictly kosher for Passover this year, then this is an excellent app. It would be considerably enhanced if you could simply use it to scan a product’s barcode, and thus find out whether or not the food was kosher. I have used this feature on other shopping apps and it is a huge help.

iOS Apps for Passover


(, $.99) comes from Behrman House publishers, and it is a terrific way for kids and adults to learn Passover’s four questions on their iPhone or iPod Touch. This app lets kids look at and listen to each of the words of the four questions being read. It also lets students record themselves and play it back. A number of activities also allow kids to practice vocabulary that is relevant for the seder in a straightforward, fun manner.

Finally, there is the Passover Trucks Game HD ( This iPad application is a game which helps kids and adults alike select which food items are kosher for Passover and which aren’t. Foods come to the foreground on a conveyor belt, and you decide whether they go on the regular food truck or the Kosher for Passover food truck. Once both trucks are full that level ends, and you go to the next level which is faster and a bit more complicated. It would be better if there were a greater number of food types, but it’s still a playful way for kids to get involved in the holiday that will keep them entertained for at least a short while..

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

1 Comment on "iOS Apps for Passover"

  1. We’ve release a passover app for the iPad called A Cantor’s Seder
    It blends a traditional Haggadah with Hazzan Emanuel Perlman’s narration and singing, along with a customize your Seder feature to only show the chapters you’d like to include in your Seder.

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