Home page Mahatzit Hashekel - The legacy of the half a shekel coin.

Mahatzit Hashekel - The legacy of the half a shekel coin.

Mahatzit Hashekel - The legacy of the half a shekel coin.

What's happening?

From the month of Adar to the month of Nissan, it is customary to give a donation equivalent to the amount of half a silver shekel from the times of the Temple, in accordance with the current value of silver to date. The weight of this coin was 8.5 grams of silver. It is necessary to mention that they are given in memory of the half a shekel coin.

“Let them give it, everyone who goes to the numbers ... half the shekel is an offering to the L-rd” (Shemot, 30:13).

In our times, there is no Temple and instead of giving the command to give half a shekel, the custom arose to give tzedakah in memory of the half shekels that were collected in the era of the Temple. And since there is no sacrifice now, the collected money is passed on to those in need, since charity, like sacrifice, atones for sins (Bava Basra 10b).

Who is obliged to give a “Mahatzit Hashekel”?

According to the law of the Torah, only men from 20 years old are required to give “Mahatzit Hashekel”. However, according to the accepted custom these days, the head of the family gives money for all the adult family members - including the boys from the age of 13 and the girls - from age 12.

How much should I give?

The cost of 8.5 grams of silver today is about $7.

It is about 25 ₪; 6 €; 556₽; 211 ₴ etc.

Collected in accordance to the number of adult family members in the family.

This custom is often confused with another, which is no less common.

During the Mincha prayer of Taanis Esther, 3 coins are placed in tzedakah in the currency accepted in the country of residence, with a face value of “half” - 1/2 shekels, 1/2 dollar, 1/2 ruble, etc.

In the Shulchan Aruch it is mentioned that half a shekel should be given on the eve of Purim and the fact that it is necessary to give exactly 3 coins, since this commandment is mentioned 3 times in the Torah (Orech Chaim 694: 1).

Fundraising goal

The collected money is passed on to those in need, since charity, like sacrifice, atones for our sins (Bava Basra 10 b).

Attention: these donations are not a fulfillment of the commandment "Matanot L'evyonim" - gifts to the poor.
Donate gifts to the poor here. Those who celebrate Purim in Jerusalem click here

1976  raised to the aim  10000
16 donated
0 shared
Donor
Yosef G
100 24-03-2024
Donor
David T
300 21-03-2024
Donor
Eugene M
450 21-03-2024
Donor
Nosson K
50 21-03-2024
Donor
Leib R
75 21-03-2024
Become a part of our community
Choose your way to make an impact:

Charity in action

Our reports of Fond activity in Telegram are always kept handy

Follow

Yad Yitzchok Fond news