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Daily Mitzvah (Rambam)

Day 59: 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
This all the nations of the world must know: only our bodies were sent into exile and subjugated to alien rule; our souls were not given over into captivity and foreign rule... In any matter affecting the Jewish religion, the Torah, and its mitzvot and customs, we are not subject to the dictates of any power
  –Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitche (quoted by his son, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, at the Leningrad train station upon being sent to exile by the Soviet regime in 1927)
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