This Shabbat's Parshah is Ki Tissa, ( from the Book of Exodus 30:11 - 34:35).
In this portion, God instructs Moses to collect a half-shekel from every person over the age of twenty when he takes a census of the community.
In ancient times, every year, during the month of Adar, every Jew was required to donate a half shekel to pay for the daily sacrifices brought by the priests on behalf of the entire people of Israel. Whether young or old, rich or poor, the same amount had to be contributed so that no one would experience feelings of moral superiority or inferiority because of the size of his/her contribution.
Today, we no longer donate towards Temple sacrifices by the priests.
Can you think of the modern equivalent of the half shekel donation by members of our community today?
How do we demonstrate the value that each individual in our community is equally valued?
How might we find additional ways to demonstrate this concept ?