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Why is the Challah dipped in salt before it is eaten?

Why is the Challah dipped in salt before it is eaten?

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We always dip the bread in salt, not only on Shabbat.

Our table is considered an altar (see Ezekiel 41:22 and Ethics of our Fathers 3:3), and in the Holy Temple salt was offered together with every sacrifice (Leviticus 2:13).

Salt never spoils or decays, therefore, it is symbolic of our eternal covenant with G-d. That's why the verse refers to it as "the salt of your G-d's covenant."

[Salt also adds taste to everything. Our bond with G-d is supposed to add meaning and flavor to every moment of our lives; even when we are not directly involved in spiritual pursuits.]

Rabbi Silberberg resides in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Chaya Mushka and their three children.
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