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Are there helpful religious apps?

No matter your interest, it seems "There's an app for that." This week's clergy discuss some of the apps they can share with congregants.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, go to the iTunes app store. If you have an Android, go to the Google app store and type the name of the app in the search box.

Rabbi Stephen Goodman, Garden City Jewish Center, Garden City:

Several apps have hugely enriched my religious study.

ArtScroll Digital Library (free): It enables me to navigate instantly from one place to another throughout the 73 volumes of the Talmud, in which passages constantly refer to others in this vast corpus. In addition, the English translation and the explanatory notes make the Talmud accessible to any interested reader, not to mention the convenience of carrying this library around in your pocket.

Tanach Bible app from Davka Corp. ($4.99 iTunes, $9.99 Android): For Hebrew Bible study, I love this one. I can quickly navigate to any verse, or locate a passage with the Hebrew/

English concordance. The app also includes the traditional rabbinical commentary of Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Itzhaki, 1040-1105).

Olive Tree (free): I use it for Christian Bible study. I can quickly find any verse, and the concordance works well.

Tikun Korim ($19.99 on iTunes and Android): I use it to prepare public readings from the Torah. It replicates the traditional book used by Torah readers to practice with the vowels, punctuations and musical trope signs before reading from the Torah scroll, which contains only the consonants.

iHebrew (free): I use it to check dates on the Hebrew calendar. It is simple, fast, accurate and comprehensive.

Brother Mark Gregory, Little Portion Friary, Mount Sinai:

As an Episcopalian friar and part of the worldwide Anglican community, our tradition's emphasis is on the pillars of Scripture, Tradition and contemporary Reason. Toward that end, I'd recommend:

Bible Gateway (free): You can go to the dashboard and listen as the Scripture is read to you while you take notes along the way. You also can develop a reading plan. The app for a smartphone is more interactive than the Gateway's search engine on the Web.

Book of Common Prayer (free): It shares the entire BCP as an app, called the eCP (electronic Common Prayer), and offers quick access to any part of the prayer book as well as the lectionary's lessons of the day, and for the coming weeks. For the Daily Office, it takes us right into the prayers for the day without searching.

Mission St. Clare (free): Named after our beloved St. Clare, it has the day's prayers for morning and evening. It's also beautiful to look at, with each page appearing as a piece of parchment paper.

12-Step Companion ($2.99 on iTunes, $1.99 on Android): I open it up and it goes immediately to my "day count." I know immediately how many years, months, weeks, days and even hours of sobriety I have. You also can go to "The Big Book," which is the major collection and commentary on 12-step wisdom, with stories -- much like parables -- of people in recovery since the founding of 12-step spirituality. There are also links to find a 12-step meeting no matter what state you're in.

The Rev. JoAnn Barrett, Gathering of Light Interspiritual Fellowship, Melville:

I look to apps that let me know there are deeper things to life, apps that bring me back to a place of serenity and connection.

A meditation app(various available on iPhone and Android): Different meditation apps have different features. Some are just reminders, others actually teach you how to meditate. I would recommend that you find one that is more realistic to your daily activities.

A Course in Miracles ($4.99 on iTunes and Android): It offers daily workbook lessons for inner peace. For example, it may remind me that "I'm never upset for the reason I think." It helps me think a little more deeply and to alter my perception of what is going on.

Tao Te Ching Chinese Wisdom (free): It takes the ancient wisdom of The Tao Te Ching and presents it with beautiful, modern-day photographs.


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