1) mildly interested as he is clearly musical
2) drowned out by the keyboard, drums, and vocals
The alternative service was set up in a portable event tent in the parking of lot of our synagogue. This is important to note because it became an enabler for distractions.
We arrive at the Amidah prayer. I can't exactly recall what this translates into English, but I loosely translate it to mean the longest five minutes of my life. It is a silent prayer where everyone stands and reads over a pages long prayer.
So now I'm multitasking. I'm saying concurrent prayers, The Amidah and the Please-Big-E-Be-Quiet-Prayer.
Up to this point, Big E had been pretty well behaved for his first service. The silence of the room stirred up something in the depths of his being. He started chatting away. And it was booming l…