Welcome to Torah PORTIONS!
An online hub for learning and studying the weekly Bible portions from the Torah
Torah PORTIONS seeks to encourage Christians to become familiar with the five books of Moses. On these pages you can follow, read and hear the weekly portions from the Torah. We have created the structure of PORTIONS as a hub for teachers and students to link up, share with one another, and to focus on the weekly Torah portion.
Salt of the Covenant
Every Friday night at the Sabbath table, we salt the Sabbath bread as a remembrance of the Temple's ritual of salting the sacrifices. What does the salt symbolize?
When discussing the levitical sacrifices, the Torah says, “all your offerings you shall offer salt” (Leviticus 2:13). The priesthood kept a pile of salt near the altar for this purpose. Unlike so many other rituals and ceremonial commandments, in this instance, the Torah explains the meaning of the symbolism, defining it as a covenant symbol: “the salt of the covenant of your God.”
The Torah coupled the commandment to salt the offerings along with the prohibition on leaven. Both rules helped avoid corruption an...
The above is an excerpt adapted from Torah Club resources, an extensive program with commentary on the whole Bible, published in six editions.