VAYERA…pass the salt!

4 Nov

I did have various notes on the intervening parashiyyot, but nothing I felt compelled to post…and now I’m moving on to this week’s parshah, and wishing I hadn’t had to reread that story about Lot offering his daughters up to the people of Sodom, the which tale fills me with fury.  Don’t you just long to throw Lot out of the window?

Anyway, here is just a silly thing.  Why, you may wonder, is Lot’s wife turned to salt in particular? (Gen. 19:26).  Well, Genesis Rabba, aka Bereshit Rabba has the answer.  ‘because, R. Isaac said, she sinned through salt.  On the night that the angels visited Lot, Lot said to his wife, “Give these guests a bit of salt.”  But she replied, “is it your wish to introduce into Sodom another vile custom [that of seasoning their food] [eh?] ” What did she do? She went around among all her neighbours, saying to each, “Give me salt – we have guests,” intending thereby to have the townspeople become aware of the presence of guests in her home [and penalize Lot for it]. Hence, “she herself  became a pillar of salt”.  In a nutshell, this evidently appears a bit differently in different editions, but anyway I see no explanation from my brief foray as to why using salt should be frowned upon….anyway, point appears to be that she didn’t do as told, but tried to cause problems for Lot, and therefore when she further chose to look back  – she got her commeuppance…er…Merriam Webster spells commeuppance this way, looks odd to me…

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2 Responses to “VAYERA…pass the salt!”

  1. Reuben November 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    A haiku to mark the occasion:

    The Daughters of Lot
    ate their chips with vinegar.
    They had THAT much shame.

    I suppose Mrs. L was lucky not to be turned into a pillar of toilet paper, then … At least she was no longer married to ghastly old Lot.

    • lillithblogs November 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

      Ha! I love that… yes, she had that compensation, poor woman…

      On Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM, lillithblogs

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