In the times of the Beis HaMikdash when the the Machatzis HaShekel was given was a bracha recited?

Answer:

Provided that berachos were already instituted, some write that the berachah was made (Ri ben Bakar (the teacher of the Ramban); Chacham Tzvi 122).

Note that the rationales used for explaining why we don’t make a berachah on tzedakah won’t apply here (see here for details).

However, some argue that giving the machatzis ha-shekel is a hechsher mitzvah, and a berachah is therefore not recited.

 

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