Parshat Vayikra describes various sacrifices. Among the descriptions, one passuk (verse) says that every sacrifice requires salt, repeats that salt should not be omitted, and reiterates that salt should be used (2:13). Why is salt such an essential ingredient?
The Sefer Hachinuch explains that offering a sacrifice lacking flavor would be inappropriate, so salt, while an odorless substance on its own, adds taste to food, elevates the sacrifice. This “giving” substance represents our contemplation of others’ needs, which is why we still have this custom today when we add salt to Challah. This consideration is crucial to the sacrifices and key to our personal growth. Rather than simply pleasing ourselves, we should strive to find ways to add flavor and joy to others.