Insights for the Younger Tzadikim
Child of Israel is Equal
Parashah, God tells us many different things.
However, one of the really important lessons points
out that, as far as God is concerned, each of us is equal to
says (Perek Chav-Khet - Chapter 28):
13. This shall they give -- everyone who
passes through the census -- a half shekel of the sacred
shekel, the shekel is twenty geras, half a shekel as a
portion to Hashem:
14. Everyone who passes through the census, from twenty years of age and up, shall give the portion of Hashem:
15. The wealthy shall not increase and the
destitute shall not decrease from half a shekel -- to give
the portion of Hashem, to atone for your souls:
are two very interesting points in this.
We can see that God tells us specifically that the
wealthy shall not give more and the poor give less.
In other words, in this situation, the contribution
to the Tent of Meeting and for the atonement of their souls,
all of us are equal - no matter what our financial standing.
second point can be seen the the Stone Edition Chumash
commentators interpret homiletically that the requirement of
half a coin alludes to the concept that no Jew is complete
unless he joins with others; as long as we are in isolation,
each of us is only "half" of our full potential.
This continues to show how important it is for us to think of ourselves as a people that is only complete when all of us are counted by each other.
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