TEMPLE TAX RETURNS FOR JEWS WORLDWIDE

Israel’s Sanhedrin, the ancient high court that recently was reborn, has announced not only the resumption of the half-shekel per person per year tax, but procedures so that that Jews around the globe can participate.

It’s based on God’s instructions in Exodus that everyone 20 years and older “shall give the contribution to the Lord. The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel.”

According to a Breaking Israel Israel report, while the Temple was standing, “every Jewish man was required to give one half-shekel weight of silver, approximately eight grams of silver (worth about $4 today), as a mandatory tax to support the Temple. Each man was obligated to give the same amount, regardless of his economic condition. The coins, once deposited in the Temple courtyard, were hekdesh (sanctified) and not permitted to be used for any other purpose.”

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