Reuven Prager, Beged Ivri
Ain Zo Agada for Beged Ivri, by Binyomin Allen
Our ultimate goal is for the Israel Defense Forces' Chief Rabbinate to take responsibility, by law, for distributing a pure silver Holy Half Shekel to each and every soldier serving in the IDF, annually, the funds for this to be raised through this and other organizations so as not to detract from the scarce resources available to maintain the military defense of Israel.
For the last five years we have been distributing Holy Half Shekels randomly to soldiers in the IDF, corresponding to the number of shekels sponsored. This year, with the establishment of FBI - Friends of Beged Ivri, FBI "agents" have begun seeking sponsors to donate Holy Half Shekels to soldiers serving in the IDF. We anticipate that this year we will be able to begin to give Shekels to base commanders, base by base, until it reaches a level of participation that will require the IDF to take over responsibility for distribution to its own soldiers.
from Parshat Ki Tissa
Then the LORD said to Moses, “When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the LORD a ransom for his soul at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them. Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the LORD. All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the LORD. The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the LORD to atone for your lives. Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD, making atonement for your lives.”
"Love the idea. What a blessing for the soldiers to have this coin with him/her and know it is a piece of biblical history just as for the armies of ancient Israel."
~ Clarence WagnerRead More