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.