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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

62 - SALT BEING BROUGHT WITH EVERY OFFERING


Leviticus 2:13 -- "And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt,”

Maimonides says in connection with this commandment: “The idolaters did not offer any other bread but leavened, and chose sweet things for their sacrifices, which they seasoned with honey, as is fully described in the books which I named before; but salt is not mentioned in any of their sacrifices. Our Law therefore forbade us to offer leaven or honey, and commanded us to have salt in every offering.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 46

In the Mishneh Torah, however, Maimonides repudiates the rationalistic interpretation of the commandments that deal with the offerings. He refers to them as chukkim, ‘statutes’, whose purport must remain incomprehensible to the human mind.*

* Mishneh Torah, Abodah, Hilchoth Me’ilah VIII, 8

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