Enjoy fresh challah tonight for Shabbat and remember to dip it into salt before eating.

We know that salt had to be placed on sacrificial offerings in the Temple, and some commentaries suggest that in ancient times, salt was shared at a meal symbolizing that an agreement had been concluded. To appreciate the importance of salt both in the Temple as well as in everyday life, read this enlightening analysis entitled: “Pass the Salt, Please!” from Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald’s Torah message for Vayikra 5772-2012. Out of respect for Shabbat, please consider printing it on Friday afternoon if you plan to read it on Shabbat.