Ki Sisa

Parshas Kee Seesa

KI SISA – WHEN YOU COUNT is most often the translation.  Yet the words Kee Seesa actually means when you lift up.  The point of the count was to raise the self-esteem of each person counted.    YOU COUNT, my friend, to G-d and to our nation.

 When Jews are to be counted, they should not be counted numerically.  Rather, they donate a half-shekel coins and the coins are then counted.  Everyone has something to contribute is the message to us.

Why only a half-coin?  To teach us that no person is a whole entity on his own.  We need each other.

(Maturity at 20 – 20 and older are counted. That is the age of a sense of understanding ramifications of our actions.)

Verse 15:  “the rich cannot give more, the poor cannot give less’ – all are equal in the eyes of G-d.   When it comes to exemplifying the importance of every single soul, G-d orders us to signify each soul is equally important to Him.


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