iPad at Work – with Rabbi Dan

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Gear Diary has a superb post up detailing some of the ways that my good friend (Rabbi) Dan uses his iPad in his work. I already knew that Dan is a huge gadget fan and a big-time power user of iOS devices, but I had no idea just how much mileage he gets out of his iPad. After reading Carly Z’s post I’m convinced that Dan’s may be the hardest working iPad on the planet.

Apart from recently playing a big role in Carly’s wedding, at which Dan was the officiant, here are just some of the ways Dan puts his iPad to work:

Ways I use my iPad in the rabbinate

  • I put most of my liturgical and some of my textbooks on my iPad so I have them with me all the time. What is especially great about using the iPad for lifecycle rituals Is that, prior to the service I can customize the text and add my notes into it and then have everything right there at my fingertips. No more holding one book and then having note cards or text on a separate page.

  • I scanned all my bar mitzvah Torah packets and keep them on my iPad. This accomplishes two things. First, when I meet with my students I always have the exact same pages they are reading from in front of me. Second, when a kid comes in upset because he or she lost their packet getting a new one to them is only an email address away.
  • I forward all my relevant rabbinic emails to Evernote so I always have them accessible to me.
  • I have my assistant send me PDFs of all documents that would have, in the past, been printed. This way I always know where they are and I save on killing trees in the process.
  • Because I now use the iPad for all my teaching and preaching I am guaranteed to have the most recent version with me and, as I update, do not have to continually reprint and waste paper.
  • I use one Torah text on my iPad when I teach my Torah study. It is convenient but it also let’s me look up relevant words or other information all in the same place.
  • When I meet with families about or funeral or with a couple prior to a wedding I tend to opt for my livescribe pen. Then, however, I upload the text screen cast to the livescribe website and, now that there is a pen player iPad app, download the text to my iPad so it is with me all the time.
  • I often use my iPad as a VoIP speakerphone and, while I am speaking to people I am updating my information on the call and what followup I need to do.
  • I have used my iPad to update the synagogue website within seconds of someone sending me information.

Then there is the use for email, for writing thanks to dragon diction, etc., etc.

The list goes on and on. In all, there isn’t an area of my rabbinic work where the iPad has not shown itself to be simple, convenient and a great way to have al my information with me all the time

Wow. Color me hugely impressed. That’s an Apple case-study or promo for the iPad just screaming to be made. Especially given the meeting of a centuries old religion and profession with the epitome of state-of-the-art technology.

Needless to say, I will never, ever be loading up the article on my own iPad – as it would immediately discover what a useless, Sporcle-playing slacker I am.

It’s a superb read though – whenever you have a moment check it out here:


Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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