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New: Jewish Alexa Apps!

Over the pandemic, I started learning how to develop an Alexa flash brief and have it on auto. With the help from a very dear friend, we implemented an awesome "set and forget" system for Daily Proverbs that i can now use to spin up a flash brief within minutes. So, if you have any ideas that you would like to develop - let me know and i can launch it for you!

This originated bc i wanted to go through a proverb a day, but had the case of the lazies, so, i wanted to develop an app that would help me succeed. Little did i know that it would light the fire to develop another, then another, then another - all to help me learn (scripture, prayers, and eventually code), so, i started to develop to help others also.

Here are the flash briefs i've launched so far:

Daily Proverbs gives you a proverb based on the day of the month it is. Ex: Jan 9 reads Proverbs 9. It's currently NIV as this was started before my Hebrew journey started. I will be updating it soon to use CJB. I might publish different version, but would love to expand to multiple languages. So, if you are interested in being the voice for Daily Proverbs in another language, please contact me! i also launched Daily Proverbs 2, but it's the same as Daily Proverbs. I was experimenting with Alexa location configurations.

Invoke as a flash brief: "Alexa, flash brief" or something along those lines

Shema is the Shema in Hebrew and English, recorded by the Cantor from Emmanuel Messianic Jewish Congregation. You can start and end your day with the Shema. Invoke as a flash brief: "Alexa, flash brief" or something along those lines

The Blessing and Aaronic Blessing (Priestly blessing, Kohanim, Numbers 6: 24-26 prayer) This is done by a Jewish speaker first in Hebrew, then in English.

Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha.

[May Adonai bless you and keep you.]

Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka.

[May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.]

Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.

[May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.] Invoke as a flash brief: "Alexa, flash brief" or something along those lines

Over the holiday season i gave a stab at an actual skill. Here are the fruits of that - but still learning!

Shabbat This has blessing for Shabbat, starting with the blessing for lighting the candles. It will also give the blessings for the bread, wine, the wife, son, daughter and Havdalah. I'm currently trying to figure out how to incorporate recordings for wine and bread from the guy that speaks Hebrew. So, whenever i figure that out, i think the quality of the app will be a lot better. Of course, you can also get The Blessing on this app also. It will be a staple on all the new skills, as will be the candles, wine and bread. Invoke as a skill: "Alexa, celebrate Shabbat"

Celebrate Hanukkah Actually finished this in time for Hanukkah! For every day of the 8 days of Hanukkah there is a little background remembrance before going through the blessings for that night. Really great for a short devotional for a gathering. Also has the Aaronic blessing, candles, wine and bread.

Invoke as a skill: "Alexa, celebrate Hanukkah"

brachot - Jewish Blessings This will be an ongoing WIP, as i'm still relatively new to the whole Hebrew movement - and also development in general, but trying to give it an honest effort. Would like to have this be the main app for all the blessings from all the other apps. If you have any guidance and input, would love to hear from you!

I also developed a little game called the Accent Game that chooses a different accent, way to communicate or character to talk like - good for a gathering or ice breaker. Still needs a few tweaks though, but gives the basic idea.

In the future, have a lot planned to develop. If you are interested in recording any parts of a future project, please contact me!

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