The Mourner’s Kaddish as Rendered by Machine Transcription
Recently an older relative died and as is “traditional” during COVID times a simultaneous Zoom funeral was held in parallel with the small graveside service. It was, as it should be, a somber, sober affair, full of love and gratitude for the departed and an apt celebration of her life.
But at a certain point during the ceremony I became aware that the machine transcription function had been engaged on the zoom platform and that a robot commentary was ticking beneath what we humans were listening to.
Here, then, is the Word of the Machine
The Mourner’s Kaddish as Told to Humans by Machines
Parts have been passed down the Irish
ba, Ba, ba, ba
The phone, your phone, I hate the phone
We got me
Through the HEB Ba ba ba
Sure to stay up and running
Ah Llama Llama
Make source of peace on I bring peace to those of us here below
Particularly to those of us who needed needed building
We have a new
For any of those interested in comparing the computer generated poem above with the actual Mourner’s Kaddish, the full text in Hebrew, Hebrew/English transliteration, and English translation can be found here