Dwelling on the opening of the parashah, and in tune with the time of the year (on an ordinary year, the custom of machatzis ha-shekel would be performed this week), this week’s article discusses the laws and intricacies of the known custom. What is the meaning and function of the half-shekel donation? Who must donate, and to whom is the donation given? When must the donation be made, and what should be its value? These questions, and more, are discussed in this week’s article.
This week’s Q & A addresses the seasonal issue of opening windows. In a work environment, in shul, or on a bus, who has the upper hand: Those who wish the window be opened, or those who want to see it closed?

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