Ki Tissa – Democracy Means You Count – Just Like Me

The way we took a population census in the desert was a rather original method – a donation of half a shekel to the public coffers. When the total was calculated, this provided the population census. Why half a shekel? Firstly to demonstrate equality in a democratic society – no-one counted more than his or her neighbor. Secondly, each of us is a 50% partner with G-d in the radical act of ongoing creation.