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Parshat Shekalim

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Parshat Shekalim: (lit. "portion of shekels"); Torah portion concerning the mitzvah of the half-shekel, read on the Shabbat before the month of Adar
The introduction of a well-documented, but little-known new beginning on the Jewish calendar serves to place this unique Torah Reading in its proper context. Once establishing its origins in the Temple eras of antiquity, we move on to analyse its function...
A 45 second insight on Parshat Shekalim
The half shekel teaches us how we are so vulnerable and yet so powerful.
Giving the Half Shekel
Five layers of meaning to the mitzvah of giving half a shekel.
An examination of Rashi’s commentary on contributing a half shekel and a closer look at some discrepancies between our printed version of Rashi and an ancient manuscript housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Eyeing the Half-Shekel giving that enables national-census taking, we see Moses being shown a fiery coin; begging the obvious question: why the superfluous visual aid? A full investigation of this conundrum leads us into a passionate place of parallel per...
Parshat Ki Tissa
Moses questioned how a compulsory offering could achieve atonement. What he learned changes our basic understanding of human decency.
Halachic and chassidic insights
In the Book of Exodus, the Jewish people are instructed to contribute a half-shekel coin towards the building of the tabernacle as “atonement for their souls,” and the commentaries explain that it atoned for the grievous sin of the golden calf.
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