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Not a Siddur (Ashkenaz)
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Not a Siddur (Ashkenaz)

by ZigZag, Inc.
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Price: $1.99
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 2.0.1
  • • Added in-app purchase of Shacharit & Mussaf
  • • Added Bedtime Shema prayer
  • • Added Various Blessings text
  • • Text corrections
  • • Font improvements and new font sizes

Product Details

  • ASIN: B0058W5CT4
  • Release Date: June 30, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,225 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Prayerbook for those who follow the Ashkenazi tradition
  • Hebrew text with resize, expand, and skip options
  • Minyan/no-minyan versions of texts
  • Hebrew text including accurately-placed nekudot (vowels)
  • Today's Hebrew date with day's Jewish obervances

Product Description

While it is not a full weekday siddur (prayerbook), Not a Siddur has the full Hebrew text of exactly the tefilot (prayers) that you need during your busy day. While you are on-the-go, these prayers add sacred moments to a day filled with work and responsibilities.

Not a Siddur includes:

• Shacharit & Mussaf (Morning Prayer and Mussaf for Rosh Chodesh and Chol haMoed) [in-app purchase US$0.99]
• Mincha (Afternoon Prayer)
• Maariv (Evening Prayer)
• Kriat Shema al haMita (Bedtime Shema)
• Tefilat haDerech (Wayfarer's Prayer)
• Birchat haMazon (Grace after Meals)
• Berachot Before Food and Drink (Blessings Before Eating)
• Berachot Acharonot [me'en shalosh, borei nefashot] (Blessings after Other Foods)
• Berachot Shonot (Various Blessings)
• Sefirat haOmer (Counting the Omer)

On phones, you can reduce distractions by setting the ringer mode from within the app.

With the minyan/no-minyan mode for Mincha, Maariv, and Birchat haMazon (and Shacharit & Mussaf, if purchased), you can choose the appropriate text for praying with or without a minyan (prayer quorum). With the Date function, you can view today's Hebrew date, along with information about the day's Jewish observances, so you can include prayers for specific occasions.

The Hebrew text is rendered using Hebrew in Hand technology. The Hebrew in Hand Traditional font offers exceptional readability on any screen, whatever the resolution, and is provided in ten sizes. The font size can be changed using the menu.

The main screen is framed by a colorful border that changes throughout the day, reflecting daylight and nighttime hours. Even if you are indoors, you will have a connection to the cycles of the natural world.

All Hebrew texts have accurately placed nekudot (vowels). The Hebrew text is resizable, and reflows to accommodate any screen size, in either portrait or landscape orientation. When the screen orientation is switched or the font size is changed, the text reformats with the same part of the text showing on the screen. Additionally, the text includes “expandable sections” for various portions of prayers, which can be opened and read if desired, or quickly skipped without excessive scrolling. For example, there is an expandable section for Al haNissim (On the Miracles) in the Amidah, which is said only on Chanukah and Purim.

Technical Details

  • Size: 510.4KB
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Developed By: ZigZag, Inc.
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read or write the system settings
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.2
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 10 seconds

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice product. Works great on Kindle Fire. January 31, 2012
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Very nice. I like the global toggle option to be able to switch text from davening alone to davening with a minyan, and the ability to toggle on and off tefillos that are not regularly said. I would appreciate a more comprehensive siddur that, say, includes Shacharis. Print is clear and it is nice to be able to increase the size of the font. Oh, and the title is awful. I was looking for a siddur app and when "Not a Siddur" popped up, I skipped over it - in an extremely literal moment - because I assumed that it wasn't a siddur!
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1.0 out of 5 stars no shacharis?!?!?! June 24, 2012
what happened to shacharis?!?! how come this app has to be so different from other apps like this?!?! fix it!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars why no shacharis? March 27, 2012
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why no shacharis? It seems a waste. without it. If you are on the go and a woman. considering it's the only siddur out there for kindle it doesn't make a lot of sense.
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By Lazer
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Can't wait until these guys do a more comprehensive siddur for Android. (They already do for Blackberry).

This version lets you change font size AND/OR orientation at any time / location in the prayers. Important options in prayers are elegantly highlighted and tabbed with the option to expand as needed.

It is so great that I actually prefer this to a paper siddur.

Using this app on a kindle fire with it's large screen is awesome. Even if I forget my glasses I can still read the large, clear font.
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