The Torah discusses different kinds of donations for the building of the Mishkan. One donation every Jew donated was a mere half a shekel.
This raises the question–why the need for the half a shekel campaign?
The emphasis here is on every single taking part in the building of the Mishkan. We need to view each and every one of us as a piece in the puzzle.
The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced that a rare half-shekel silver coin was found in an excavation in Jerusalem. A silver coin that was used to pay the half-shekel head tax to the Temple was found in what was the main drainage channel of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period. Before reading the Scroll of Esther, all devout Jews will contribute a sum of money, “a reminder of the half shekel” which was paid by every household in ancient times for the purpose of maintaining the Temple. Today, this sum is translated into local currency and donated to the needy.
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