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10 Great New Features From Chabad.org

December 20, 2018 3:57 PM

We’re constantly trying to plumb the depths of technological innovation at Chabad.org. That’s why this year we were excited to release a bevy of new features, apps and other ways to use technology to further teach and share Judaism. Here are 10 new features from Chabad.org

  1. Give Your Day a Spiritual Boost with our Jewish Quotes app
  2. #BlessUp with our Smart Siddur App
  3. Enhance your Shabbat and weekday meals with our elegant new kosher cooking site
  4. Study Torah classes on the road with Chabad.org Radio
  5. ...and then enjoy classic Jewish and Chassidic tunes with the music on Chabad.org Radio
  6. Use the Chabad Nearby app to find any of the 3,500 Chabad centers near you
  7. Make the time you spend out more meaningful with our new audio recordings of the Psalms in Hebrew and English
  8. What’s in a name? Find out the meaning of your Hebrew name with our Jewish boys’ and girls’ name lists
  9. Bring a little extra light in the world with the help of the Shabbat Candle-Lighting app
  10. And finally, thanks to our apps for Google Assistant and Amazon Echo, you can listen to a Torah class, find out important Jewish dates and even give tzedakah—all with the power of your voice!

Help Chabad.org continue to innovate on all of the current and emerging digital platforms, and consider joining our year-end appeal!

Did You Know That You Can Get Us in Print?

December 17, 2018 2:09 PM

Hi There!

If you’re reading this, chances are that you enjoy what our team publishes on Chabad.org. If you like our content, it’s likely that you’d be delighted to know that you can get our weekly print publication delivered to your physical mailbox, real ink on bona fide paper.

Every issue of The Scroll includes the following features:

  • Weekly Commentary on meaningful daily living
  • Inside Story an inspiring Chassidic story
  • Soul Coffee weekly meditation
  • Torah for Now insights from the Lubavitcher Rebbe
  • Mitzvah Minute a mini guide to Jewish traditions
  • Questions & Answers on relevant Jewish topics
  • Parshah in a Nutshell

You can subscribe for yourself or even purchase a gift subscription for a friend. Sounds enticing? Subscribe today!

Hey Google, Ask Chabad How Many Candles Do We Light Tonight?

Chabad.org now on your Google Assistant

December 4, 2018 2:58 PM

It’s a familiar scenario for many Jews. Your hands are full as you’re rushing to bring in groceries before Shabbat ... but what time is Shabbat candle lighting anyway?

Now the answer is as easy as asking, “Hey, Google! Ask Chabad what time is Shabbat?”

Chabad.org’s wealth of Jewish knowledge and information is now available through the Google Assistant.

In addition to Shabbat candle lighting times, you can learn what night of Chanukah it is, check the Hebrew date, get location-specific halachic times and even listen to a short lesson on the weekly Torah portion.

These new features are available on more than 5,000 types of devices, including Android phones, Google Home smart speakers, cars, televisions, smartwatches, and even iPhones. All told, that represents over 400 million devices worldwide.

It can be accessed by simply saying, “Hey, Google! Ask Chabad!”

During development of the Chabad Assistant (which was built with assistance from Josh Grinberg), the Google team got involved, tweaking their AI to help it better understand and respond to the proper pronunciations of Hebrew terms like Chabad and Chanukah, which use the guttural “ch,” which has no parallel in spoken English.

This app is part of a new wave of virtual assistant applications that Chabad.org is in the process of developing for Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

Recently, Chabad.org was chosen as an early partner for Amazon’s Alexa Donations, allowing users to leverage the Alexa platform to fulfill the mitzvah of tzedakah.

Elan Karoll, an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been testing the app.

“I’ve been using it only recently, and it’s been great so far,“ says Karoll. “I am a busy college student, so having Jewish knowledge right at my fingertips is really important. I especially like the Shabbat times feature and plan on using that regularly!”

Learn more or enable Chabad on your Google Assistant.

Some questions you can now ask Chabad on your google assistant:

  • “Ask Chabad when is Shabbat candle lighting”
  • “Ask Chabad to play today’s Torah class”
  • “Ask Chabad what is the Hebrew date”
  • “Ask Chabad when is sundown”
  • “Ask Chabad when is the new month”
  • “Ask Chabad when is Shabbat candle lighting in Los Angeles on December 28th”

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