If you are guest somewhere on Shabat, you will see, that the first bite of bread is dipped in salt before it is eaten. Why is this? What does the salt represent?
I have found several explications:
- Salt is used to enhance the taste of bread, it was precious in older times. We want to make sure that the first bite of bread, over which we make the bracha (blessing), has good taste.
- The table on shabat is compared to the altar in the temple and offerings in the temple were always brought with salt.
- Salt never spoils, it symbolizes the eternal covenant with G-d.
- And many mystical reasons.
Read more on Hirhurim: Salt and Challah