Lot’s wife standing in perpetual prayer in the Judaean Desert

The Merriam Webster dictionary gives thirteen different meanings for the word “stand” as an intransitive verb, seven as a transitive verb, and three of what they term the essential meaning of the verb. Each of them is true to how we use the word in English. None touch upon how the rabbis understand the word.

אין עמידה אלא תפילה the Talmud declares, “there is no standing that is not praying.” Standing is praying say the…