It's high holiday season again, the busiest time for the synagogue choir. We've trucked out our music and trained our rusty voices on the old standards and a few relatively unfamiliar tunes, preparing for our big moments of the year, the days we'll be up there singing all day, while the people in the audience doze off or whisper to each other under their breath.
On these days, particularly Yom Kippur, people spend so many hours in the sanctuary you can catch them doing almost anything. Siblings fight, parents admonish, people flip ahead to a more interesting part of the service. Meanwhile, from the bimah, we see it all, getting a rabbi's eye view.