The Yom HaShoah app is a brand new smartphone app, designed by Susan Ringel of the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, that is designed to make it easier than ever for Israelis and Jewish people to commemorate and remember the approximately six million Jews that perished at the hands of Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime during the Holocaust.
The lighting of a candle is one of the most important and common rites associated with Yom HaShoah, which is why the app offers users the ability to select a time at which they would like to light a virtual candle. This is particularly useful for people who want to be able to take a moment to mark the day of remembrance but who might be in a place where they might not have access to a physical candle.
On a broader note, this app goes to show how a simple smartphone interface can empower people to observe rituals and remembrances that they might not have been able to otherwise, allowing to help them stay connected to their roots.
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