Announcing: Torah Musings App

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by R. Gil Student

The entire 15 year history of Torah Musings is now available on your Android phone. Of course, it has been available for years on your phone’s browser. Now you can use the (free) Torah Musings Android app, which allows for downloading content and easy navigation, and includes additional features, such as video and audio classes.

You can find the app in the Google Play Store.

The app contains ten tabs. The first incorporates all Torah Musings posts. You can go there and read all the latest (except for Daily Reyd, which would clutter the list) or scroll down to choose Audio Roundup, Daily Reyd or essays by author.

The next three sections contain the halakhah (law), hashkafah (thought) and chumash (Bible) offerings from the Torah Musings website (I put all the Tanakh content in Chumash but really it is mostly Pentateuch). In each section, you can see all the latest, musings (by me), and other related series. For example, halakhah includes R. Gidon Rothstein’s responsa discussions and R. Aharon Ziegler’s column on halakhic positions of Rav Soloveitchik; chumash includes Dr. Arnold Lustiger’s vorts from the Rav.

The fifth and sixth sections contain classes on video (currently, just me) and audio (R. Gidon Rothstein, requires some clicking through to get to the audio files).

The seventh tab contains blurbs for books by the website’s writers and links to stores where you can buy them. Please note that purchases do not provide a royalty directly to Torah Musings so feel free to shop for the best and most convenient offer.

The eighth tab leads to a special search page to find essays on Torah Musings, going back throughout the entire archive.

The ninth tab offers you a printable version of the website with options for text size and dates so you can create a personalized Torah Musings reader.

The tenth tab is informational, in case you download the app without realizing it is connected to this website.

There are more features in development. Most likely, the next feature will be a feed for live updates of the Reyd so you don’t have to wait for the once-a-day publication. I will announce new features when they are released.

Right now, Torah Musings only has an app for Android phones. An iPhone app involves additional cost. If someone is interested in the modest donation required to sponsor an iPhone app, please reach out to me at the below email address.

Please enjoy the app and send any feedback to [email protected].

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link of New Jersey, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazine and the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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