In memory of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok ben R' Zalman Yuda Deitsch OBM
Although we are in exile at present, we can still perform a service representative of the giving of the half-shekalim coins by giving to charity. Indeed, it is customary to give three half-shekalim to charity before Purim. It is fitting that children be trained in this mitzva. And these gifts will hasten the coming of the time when, as mentioned at the beginning of Parshat Shekalim, "the heads of the Jewish people will be uplifted." ...May this take place in the immediate future... And most importantly, the present time is particularly appropriate, indeed, the most appropriate time that could be, for the coming of the Redemption.