The Triple Salting — A poem for Parsha Vayikra (Aliyah 3 )

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And you shall salt every one of your meal offering sacrifices with salt, and you shall not omit the salt . . .

Leviticus 2:13

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from
the cooking competition shows of the world, it’s
if you don’t season your food you will lose.

This is ancient knowledge that comes
from the book of Leviticus where the Lord
expresses a preference for salt

twice in one sentence (though, to be fair
it’s a run-on sentence) and then a third time
in an immediately following, brand new sentence.

I realize I’ve used the word sentence three times
in the previous sentence, not to mention the
two additional times in this one

but I’m just following the example of
the Holy One who must really like salt.
I also will be the first to admit that

I wrote about this triple-salting issue
in 2016 in another poem about this exact
same text. It appears on page 62

of my book God Wrestler, which is
full of poems, some of which are
exactly like this, so, if you’re enjoying this

you may want to pick up a copy.
I also reserve the right to write about it
again in the future since I think God

is teaching us about the rule of threes
and how it applies to condiments.
So when I prepare meals for my family

who are sacred, like the Holy One, to me
I will salt as many times as necessary
so the food is pleasing on their tongues.

This is my meal offering to them.
This is how I keep us alive. This knowledge
comes from so long ago.

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