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Positive Commandment 171

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Positive Commandment 171 (Digest)
Giving a Half Shekel

"Then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul to G‑d"Exodus 30:12.

Every Jewish man is obligated to contribute annually a half a shekel [to the Temple coffers].

This biblical mitzvah only applies during the Temple Era.


Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
The great crocodile who couches in the midst of his streams, who says: My river is my own, and I have made myself
  –The prophet Ezekiel describing the pharaonic ego as the root of evil (Ezekiel 29:3)
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