Machatzit HaShekel

כִּ֣י תִשָּׂ֞א אֶת־רֹ֥אשׁ בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֘ל לִפְקֻדֵיהֶם֒ וְנָ֨תְנ֜וּ אִ֣ישׁ כֹּ֧פֶר נַפְשׁ֛וֹ

In the times of the Beit HaMikdash, Rosh Chodesh Adar signaled the call for a collective half shekel donation. This contribution created unity as each member of the nation gave their part for communal needs.

Today, we recall this through the custom of giving “Zecher L'machatzit HaShekel”, a small donation separate from the Miztva of Matanot L'evyonim.

 

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