People may bring bread, salt and wine to a new home as a sign of hospitality and goodwill, according to Challah Connection. Bread is given to signify well wishes with regards to the home always having enough food, salt signifies life's flavor and wine signifies happiness or merry making.
Different countries have varied explanations as to why bread, salt and wine are good gifts for a new home, notes Challah Connection. Russian folk customs note that these gifts are a symbol of hospitality, while Jewish stories claim that these are some of the most basic ingredients of everyday life with regards to eating and drinking. The idea of giving such gifts is not limited to the Jewish and Russian cultures, as all across the world many have embraced the tradition.