In this podcast, Rabbi Alex Israel explains the wonderful history of the half-shekel annual tax, from its origins as a method to take census in Moses’ time, to a strange coin discovered by Nachmanides when he arrived in Eretz Yisrael in 1265.
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Alex teaches Bible at Pardes and is the Director of the Community Education Program and the Summer Program. Alex was born and raised in London. He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education London and Bar-Ilan University. Alex studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehudah Amital, and gained Rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. Click here to read more.