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March 8, 2020
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
How many silver coins were collected?
זֶ֣ה ׀ יִתְּנ֗וּ כָּל־הָעֹבֵר֙ עַל־הַפְּקֻדִ֔ים מַחֲצִ֥ית הַשֶּׁ֖קֶל בְּשֶׁ֣קֶל הַקֹּ֑דֶשׁ עֶשְׂרִ֤ים גֵּרָה֙ הַשֶּׁ֔קֶל מַחֲצִ֣ית הַשֶּׁ֔קֶל תְּרוּמָ֖ה לַֽה'׃
This is what everyone who is entered in the records shall pay: a half-shekel by the sanctuary weight twenty gerahs to the shekel a half-shekel as an offering to the LORD.
The word “terumah” is mentioned three times at the beginning of the parshah.
This teaches us that there were three gifts of silver. Two of them were mandatory and one was voluntary.
The Machatzit HaShekel was collected during the month of Adar, so that the funds would be available for Nissan.
An actual coin of fire was shown to Moshe.
(Yerushalmi Shekalim 1:1; Megillah 29b, Targum Yonatan)
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