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The Shabbat preceding the month of Adar Bet is called Shabbat Shekalim. On this Shabbat an additional Torah portion is added to the Torah reading. The theme of this portion is the commandment of giving a half shekel for use in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and The Beit HaMikdash.

Sure, money plays an important role in people’s lives, but does it have any spiritual meaning?

From the Rebbe’s explanations:

– In Parashat Shekalim, we find that the Torah explicitly commands that “the rich shall not give more… than a half-shekel.” On the surface, this is difficult to understand: All the offerings in the Beit HaMikdash are required to be perfect and complete. Why in this instance were we required to give no more than a half-shekel? Also, since the Torah requires us to give only a half-shekel, why does it specifically mention that an entire shekel is twenty gerah? Seemingly, all that concerns us is the ten gerah of the half-shekel…

Discover the answer in this week’s featured multimedia class, based on the Rebbe’s talk on Shabbat Parshat Vayakhel (5752)!

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The Shabbat preceding the month of Adar Bet is called Shabbat Shekalim. On this Shabbat an additional Torah portion is added to the Torah reading. The theme of this portion is the commandment of giving a half shekel for use in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and The Beit HaMikdash.

Sure, money plays an important role in people’s lives, but does it have any spiritual meaning?

From the Rebbe’s explanations:

– In Parashat Shekalim, we find that the Torah explicitly commands that “the rich shall not give more… than a half-shekel.” On the surface, this is difficult to understand: All the offerings in the Beit HaMikdash are required to be perfect and complete. Why in this instance were we required to give no more than a half-shekel? Also, since the Torah requires us to give only a half-shekel, why does it specifically mention that an entire shekel is twenty gerah? Seemingly, all that concerns us is the ten gerah of the half-shekel…

Discover the answer in this week’s featured multimedia class, based on the Rebbe’s talk on Shabbat Parshat Vayakhel (5752)!

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