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Was the fair market value of a kid goat really two zuzim? This piyyut is of course allegorical, but, if the value given is highly inaccurate, is the discrepancy in value symbolic beyond the symbolism of the value itself?

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Perhaps the point is exactly that. In the eyes of the nation the Jews' value was minimal. G-d bought us for dirt cheap. –  Menachem May 10 '12 at 22:37
    
@Menachem - fascinating interpretation, but I'd still like to know if the value is wrong, and, if so, by how much. –  Fred May 11 '12 at 0:58
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according to here, a zuz is 3.5078250 grams of pure silver -- aish.com/atr/Ketubah_200_Zuz.html?catid=954644 -- using this website to calculate todays silver prices tells us that 2 zuz equals $6.50 -- silvergrambars.com/calculator/silver_calc.php –  Menachem May 11 '12 at 2:26
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@Menachem Interesting, but considering the vast differences in their economic system, this information only goes so far. The Gemara suggests that a goat may cost four zuzim (Kerisus 27a; Shabbos 152a). Any sources about kid goats, or, more generally, any sources suggesting that young animals have around half the value of an adult? –  Fred May 13 '12 at 23:56
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Good point. As I found out here -- judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/16326/… --, 200 zuz is supposed to be enough to last 1 year, that means one zuz can support someone for roughly a day and a half –  Menachem May 14 '12 at 0:14
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