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THE TEMPLE TAX

 

The Temple Tax: How often is it paid?


We read in the Torah:


11 And YHWH spoke unto Moshe, saying:

12 When you take the sum of the children of Yisra'el, according to their number,

then shall they give every man, a ransom for his soul unto YHWH, when you number

them: that there be no plague among them when you number them.

13 This they shall give, every one that passes among them that are numbered,

half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: the shekel is twenty gerahs; half a

shekel for an offering to YHWH.

14 Every one that passes among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and

upward, shall give the offering of YHWH.

15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than the half

shekel, when they give the offering of YHWH--to make atonement for your souls.

16 And you shall take the atonement money from the children of Yisra'el, and

shall appoint it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for

the children of Yisra'el before YHWH, to make atonement for your souls.

(Ex. 30:11-16)


 


The Pharisees said:


 

"On the first day of Adar they make a public announcement concerning the shekel

tax... On the fifteenth day of the same month they set up money changers tables

in the provinces. On the twenty fifth day they set them up in the Temple. When

they were set up in the Temple, they began to collect. Whom did they collect from? Levites and Israelites, Proselytes and freed slaves, but not women nor slaves or minors nor on whose behalf his father had begun to pay

the Shekel, may not discontinue it again. But no collection was levied on the
Priests, in order to promote peacefulness.

(m.Shekalim 1:1, 3)

 


The Essenes said:

 

...concerning the Ransom: the money of the valuation

which a man gives as ransom for his life shall be half

a shekel in accordance with the shekel of the sanctuary.

He shall give it only once in his life.

(4Q159 Frag 1; Col. 2; lines 6-7)


 


Messiah said:

 

25 ...The kings of the earth: of whom do they receive tribute and custom? Of their own children, or of strangers?

26 And he said, Of strangers. Then Yeshua said to him: If so, the children are free.

(Matt. 17:25-26)


 


The International Nazarene Beit Din says:


One need pay the Temple Tax only once in his life. Once he pays the Tax he has a redeemed nefesh, and is no longer a stranger but are like sons of the King btherefore is free of the tax.


 


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And when should be this period of time from life when one should pay the tax ?

The tax is named "shekel of the sanctuary" since the word "Temple" does not exist in a Torah ordinance. I dont know if this aplies to a sanctuary that we have today, like the althar from Jerusalem or like a set-apart home were we can eat the Passover eve. 

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