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corrected half-shekel vort

Half perfect (/are Jews that stingy that they can’t afford a whole shekel?!) As the start of our sedra tells us, the (male) members of Bnei Yisrael were to give a half-shekel donation to the Mishkan. Why a half-shekel?

The Alshich explains that the half is to remind us…

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Why only half a shekel?

Half perfect (/are Jews that stingy that they can’t afford a whole shekel?!) As the start of our sedra tells us, the (male) members of Bnei Yisrael were to give a half-shekel donation to the Mishkan. Why a half-shekel? The Alshich explains that the half is to remind us that…

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Why not get a better builder?

In the opening of perek 31, HaShem tells Moshe that He has called (up) Betzalel from the tribe of Yehudah and has filled Betzalel with a Divine spirit to be able to construct the Mishkan. Why do we need to know, before Betzalel got down to work, that HaShem had…

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CHASIDIC INSIGHTS PARSHAS KI SISO 5767 (from 5764) BS

Ch. 30, v. 13: "Machatzis hashekel" - The first mishnoh in Shkolim says that on the first of the month of Ador there is an announcement made to give the half-shekel and to be careful to avoid "klayim." This is a prohibition against planting certain things together. The half-shekel teaches…

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Teaching a Lesson

A few years ago, a teacher at a Jewish primary school in Efrat was reciting Shacharit (morning prayers) with the children in her class. She noticed that one of the children was being particularly disruptive and not treating the Sidur (prayer book) or the prayers with any respect. She marched…

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Judge Favourably

The Torah states regarding the gathering of gold to make the Golden Calf: "And Aharon (Moses' brother and the Cohen Gadol, High Priest) said to them, 'Remove the golden earrings which are on the ears of your wives, sons and daughters, and bring them to me.' " (Exodus 32:2)…

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The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

Following Hashem's promise not to destroy the Jewish people, after the sin of the Golden Calf, Moshe requested that Hashem make known to him the qualities of Divine mercy. In response Hashem showed Moshe a prophetic vision, in which He was wrapped in a tallis as a shaliach tzibbur while…

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