Without commentary–or editing–here are the notes I typed while “attending” the online Kabbalat Shabbat at OneShul.org.
30 second ad for the new james cameron film, sanctum.
there’s a logo up. the service has not started. unfamilar guitar-camp sort of music is playing. there are 9 other viewers. i can log in to chat. i refrain.
now we’re at 10. a minyan has arrived.
below the screen and the chat field, there is a siddur called “OneShul Community Siddur” it’s the same thing as indie yeshiva pocket thing. which i will be attempting to use. not that koren is far out of reach, but i’m making an effort here.
we’re down to 9 viewers. back to 10. back to 9. back to 10. up to 11! what is going on? and 13.
Google ads keeping popping up.
holy crap, the tune is country roads.
down to 12.
oooh. it’s starting. and it’s stopping. and it’s starting? and it’s stopped again.
it’s very choppy. there’s lots of discussion of how choppy it is. and it’s better. and now the whole thing is gone.
Well, in the midst of all the choppiness, we were all welcomed and they mentioned that they were about to do something involving a Shabbat dinosaur.
Thankfully, I think we missed that due to the choppiness and the outage because we’re back and this guy Michael is doing candle lighting. interesting, that we can all sort of light candles together, in a way. I already lit mine, which are now burning next to the computer.
The Shabbat dinosaur is back. It’s a little girl in a blue dino outfit.
And the nusach their using to light the candles is for Chanukah. *facepalm* Then Michael reads the bracha again in English.
After some puttering about and brief discussion, we’re singing Shalom Aleichem. I feel a little silly sitting in my dorm room singing along with this.
Patrick Aleph says, “Adonai Malach yirgzu amim.” Now Michael is reading it in English.
Now Michael is doing a devar and Patrick has joined the chatroom. “lets talk smack during the dvar” he says. AviEarnest says “Michael needs a dinosaur prayer shawl.” Goodness gracious.
Michael is talking about how Mishpatim takes slavery, a despicable institution, and tames it.
“michael is more spiritual than me in this way. he can take text and really work it well” patrick writes.
There are 18 viewers by now.
Michael is done now. Patrick says they’re gonna take some questions from the chat.
coco765: “How can you look for G-d?? I’ve been doing that all my life and I haven’t found G-d. Any ideas????”
Michael, apparently in Rabbinical school, answers.
I’m struggling to be open-minded right now. Realllly stuggling. Oh my goodness.
20 people now. comments are flying.
coco says, “PunkTorah=my new bff!!”
Michael is talking about Art Green. In theory, this goes from 7 to 8. (michael mentions reb zalman now.) It’s already 7:25 though.
can we get on with this service? one or two more questions, Michael says.
aaaand we’re on the barchu.
we’re halfway through maariv aravim. I’m gonna leave it there and tune out from the service. This is not Shabbat-conducive. The amount of judge-y in my head right now is no good.