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Questions tagged [makhatzit-hashekel]

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Accounting and accountability for (machatzis ha)shekel tax

Every civilian male is required to contribute money annually for the purchase of public sacrifices. The sacrifices must be publicly owned, as defined by having been bought with public funds. (cf. Ra'...
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Kalbon for zeicher lemachatzis hashekel

To remember the machatzis hashekel, the custom is to give three half denomination coins to tzedakah around Purim time. In places like the US where half denomination coins take some work to get, a ...
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Makhatzit HaShekel

I wish to ask a few questions on the half shekel To whom is it given today? Is the amount really significant nowadays? If so, does it differ with different currency values or do all Jews pay the ...