iPods for Religious Study
Now, iPods are being used for religious instruction. A 23-year-old entrepreneur named Yehuda Shmidman has created what he calls the ShasPod, an iPod pre-loaded with an audio version of the 2,711-page Talmud used in a cycle of study known to Orthodox Jews as the Daf Yomi. The program, in which students read a page a day, takes 7-1/2 years to complete.
Daf Yomi lectures have long been available on the Web in MP3 format, but Orthodox Jews are forbidden from using the Web for purposes unrelated to work -- even for religious instruction. Thus, devices such as the ShasPod are particularly useful for Orthodox Jews. However, religious law prohibits them from using electrical devices of any type -- including MP3 players -- on the Sabbath.
Orthodox Jews are hardly alone in leveraging MP3 players for religious study. Christian groups in particular have begun regular podcasts of sermons, Bible study, music and interviews.
Sources: The New York Times, we make money not art