Did you just eat a sandwich? We know you did, look at all the crumbs on your keyboard! Do you wish you had a quick and easy to use Bencher to thank G-d for all that food? Well, now you do. Well, only if you run a Mac.

RustyBrick has built a Benching app for your Mac, running OS 10.5 or greater. It contains Birkat Hamazon, Al Hamichya, Borei Nefashot, Asher Yatzar and more.

Even better, the app is Smart Siddur enabled just like our iPhone Siddur. On Rosh Chodesh, it changes to show you Yaaleh Veyavo - it just knows! Note, this version does not ask for your current location, thus we do not know if sunset has occurred and thus cannot know when it is the next Jewish day until the next English day. So when benching with version 1.0, please know this. A new version will be out soon to give you this location based smart siddur feature.

Finally, the word "Free." Yes, it is free - enjoy it!

Features

  • Quick Statusbar Menu Bencher
  • "Smart Siddur"
  • Launch At Startup
  • Hebrew Date
  • Benching
  • Al Hamichya
  • Borei Nefashot
  • Asher Yatzar
  • More!

Now available in the Mac App Store - click the download now link above.

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23 COMMENTS

posted by Shlomo Chaim on: Jul 30, 2012 07:51am

Are there English parallel translations available?

posted by Asher on: Jul 2, 2013 05:04am

Hi! When you open this GREAT useful App, at the top right you have the Date (Hebrew/English) and then the Parsha HaShavua. Then to the Left of it, you have your Logo & Advertisement for you other Apps. Can you please downsize that part. It sometimes covers up the Date & Parsha info. Thank you.

posted by Nechama on: Nov 12, 2012 05:01pm

Thanks for the update that fixed the vowels problem. Suggestion for the next update: The banner ad up at the top is really distracting! (I know that's the point but I'd really like to better be able to concentrate.) Thanks for developing this!

posted by victor eshkenazi on: Aug 26, 2013 05:54pm

Do you have a Sephardi version as well now or just Ashkenazi?

posted by Howard Feiner on: Aug 11, 2011 07:34pm

Thank you.-Great Stuff !

posted by Candid Canadian on: Apr 18, 2012 10:30pm

Seconding the request for Kriyas Shema al Hamitah! Thank you so much!

posted by Sasha on: Apr 20, 2012 02:20am

Thank you for providing this and other great apps. but i hardly use it from my toolbar, because interactive marketing on the top is now popping up all the time. really not brachot friendly. I have also a question regarding the J Radio app - why almost all stations are offline (even thought they exist)? there are 2,3 ok and everything else is off, or repeating, or with non-J music. I wanted to gift it, because it's great idea, but it doesn't work.  Any suggestions? Thanks!

posted by Barry Schwartz on: Aug 10, 2011 07:19pm

All nusachs.

posted by on: Aug 10, 2011 07:03pm

Do you hv a Sephardi version as well or just Ashkenazi?

posted by israeli on: May 8, 2012 11:53am

if u can add a sephardic nusach that would b greatr :)

posted by Hemingway on: Aug 26, 2011 12:22am

Im not Orthodox so don't really need this app, but would like to see some other Judaism/spirituality type app that would help draw people like me back to the Jewish culture and religion we grew up in.  Maybe its a siddur although Id really like to see something different geared to non-Orthodox Jews - making a lot of this more accessible to the average American Jew...Just a thought

posted by Elem2618 on: Aug 17, 2011 02:16am

Could you maybe add Kriyas Shema shel Mita to your very nice Mac App?! Thanks for all your good work

posted by Sokolow on: Oct 5, 2011 08:18pm

Font doesn't display right (vowells displace the letters). Is there a way to set prefernces? I would prefer a stand alone app to a menu bar app.

posted by Chicago Jew on: Oct 5, 2011 08:37pm

A friend once told me saying that saying the appropriate blessings before eating is like asking a dear friend for permission to open his or her refrigerator in order take something to eat. A good friend would always say "YES", but a polite person would be remiss not to ask first. Saying the appropriate blessings BEFORE you eat is a JEW's way (any JEW not just the ORTHODOX) of asking G-d for permission to eat something. The answer is YES (assuming the food is Kosher)--but a good person would still ASK FIRST before even thinking of putting that food into their mouth. "Benching" (which means "blessing") afterwards is our way of thanking G-d for the sustenance he provided to us. In a time when so many people are forced to go without, only a Chazer (a person who is not considerate of others) would take something without asking and then not bother to say thank you.

posted by Howard G. on: Oct 5, 2011 10:35pm

The application says null- null instead of the parsha of the week.  Any way to fix this?

posted by Ronnie Schwartz on: Oct 6, 2011 12:45am

Will add it to the list.

posted by Ronnie Schwartz on: Oct 6, 2011 12:47am

This is caused because this Shabbat is Yom Kippur and therefore does not have a Parsha.  I will correct this in future versions.

posted by Ronnie Schwartz on: Oct 6, 2011 12:46am

This is a known issue that we are trying to figure out why it happens.  We speculate that there is an old font floating around on some macs.

posted by Ronnie Schwartz on: Oct 6, 2011 12:47am

Actually, we only have Askenzaz and Sefard in this version.

posted by Sokolow on: Oct 6, 2011 02:59pm

I'm sure I do have old fonts on my system. If you need more data to help diagnose this issue, please post contact info.

posted by David on: Dec 7, 2011 05:34am

My Hebrew looks AWFUL. Any suggestions?

posted by lar01 on: Dec 23, 2011 04:19pm

I'd like to see the paragraph headings/instructions in English, with the rest remaining in Hebrew.  I never do well with benchers with no English directions.  

posted by Ronnie Schwartz on: Dec 7, 2011 04:39pm

Seems to happen randomly on some user systems.  I think its a corrupt font file.  You can add a new user to that same machine and chances are the bencher would look fin on that.