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VAYAKHEL-SHKALIM

02/25/2022 12:03:13 PM

Feb25

"….then shall they give a ransom each one for his person… half a shekel in the weights of the Sanctuary…" (30,12-13)

All Jews need one another

We must know that the fact that Moshe was commanded to collect half a shekel from the Children of Israel and not a whole shekel contains therein great intentions. The Torah thereby came to tell every Jew that a person never reaches perfection when he is by himself; it is only when he connects together with another Jew.

Therefore, when each Jew gave only "half a shekel" to Moshe in the census two gifts of two people added up to one whole shekel.

Moreover, no one in Israel ever knew who had joined him to make his half a shekel into a whole one. This teaches us that the simplest Jew has the power to supplement and perfect even the greatest in Israel.

As it says in the sefer "Ahavat Yonatan:" The reason why they gave half a shekel and why one was not allowed to give more is lest a person think that he doesn't need others; All Jews need one another and a person alone is nothing."

The half a shekel alone was not worth anything if it was not joined up with another half a shekel and therefore they gave "every one that passed over to the numbered ones" half a shekel – to teach a person that he alone is nothing and all Jews have to come to be one group and therefore "the rich shall give no more". 

Shabbat Shalom!!

Sat, June 25 2022 26 Sivan 5782