Thursday, February 11, 2010

Half Shekels For Purim

It is customary to give three half-shekels (or half-dollars in the U.S) at the synagogue before the evening Megillah reading on Purim (2/27/2010). Three half-shekels are given because the offering is mentioned three times in that section of the Torah. The money is then distributed to the poor.

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