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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.
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