KI SISA – WHEN YOU COUNT
KI SISA – WHEN YOU COUNT is most often the translation given. 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 coin 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 – only those aged 20 and older are counted. That is the age of a sense of understanding ramifications of our actions. That is why a person is not liable for the death penalty by Heaven until this age. )
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.
More to follow, my friends, who all “count”