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2012-03-22

We are people of the covenant.

It’s the covenants G-d has made with us that have kept us tied to a bond, always forcing us to understand that our being here in this world is always beyond logic.

Each covenant had it’s own unique purpose.

In our parsha, the first in the 3rd book of Vayikra, we see that salt is used with every korban, placed upon every offering we sacrifice. So on a very fundamental cooking level we understand the importance of salting, but why did the Torah have to mention that the reason behind the usage of salt is because of our 'melach-brit,' our salt covenant?

A covenant of salt?

My Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Chaim Brovender taught us that a bris (a covenant) gives us the ability to see beyond the contradiction. In other words, we are all (hopefully) constantly seeking and asking questions, aiming for the truth, yet we constantly run into these walls of contradiction. So when there is a covenant, a mutual promise of illustrious trust and love, it reaches far beyond the walls that we run into.

Rabbi Ya’akov Leiner of Ishbitz reminds us what salt is all about. Salt is either destructive (salting land disables it’s growth) or it has the secret behind improving and elevating (when adding and mixing salt to a dish or a spice). The Ishbitser Rebbe tells us that salt has the ability to bring G-d into everything, even into our sins.

So when we needed atonement, or wanted to just get closer to our Creator, we would bring the element that resembles the 'everything' about G-d, the level of beyond contradiction.

But most importantly, the korabnot bring us to a world where there is a yearning to see G-d completely in charge of it all.


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