[…guard my tongue from slander and my lips from speaking guile…]
In Gen. 18:16-19:29, the story of the destruction of the cities of the plain (Sodom and Gomorrah) is told. Many people are puzzled about the meaning of Lot’s wife looking back at the destruction, and being turned into a pillar of salt (Gen. 19:26).
R’ Joseph Telushkin, in “Jewish Literacy” (p. 35), quotes an elderly congregant who had the best interpretation I’ve ever read. “When you keep looking back, you become inorganic.” (Sodium chloride is indeed an ‘inorganic’ compound, chemically speaking :-))
For this reason I shall not dwell or comment here on the self-immolation and ‘going David Brock‘ of a certain place I once called home. (Those otherwise inclined may find a nice roundup of commentaries here.)
Something survived, with its name, with its face. Our former home died, and its spirit lives on elsewhere. Let this haunting piece of music , which I and many others discovered at our former home, serve as a fitting elegy. And let us move onward, yet try hard to remember so we won’t get fooled again.
4 thoughts on “Lot’s wife and looking back”
Wish I’d seen this sooner – Grooveshark closed down April 30! And the ‘haunting music’ is no longer there. What was it?
Keith Jarrett, “Sapporo Part 1”, from “The Sun Bear Sessions”. I looked for a youtube link but all I could find was an amateur playing some bits of it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VeEFgSK_hk
Thanks – I’ll try it out.
You’re right – haunting describes it.