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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

114 - VALUATION OF A PERSON


Leviticus 27:2-8 -- 2 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When a man consecrates by a vow certain persons to the LORD, according to your valuation, 3 if your valuation is of a male from twenty years old up to sixty years old, then your valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. 4 If it is a female, then your valuation shall be thirty shekels; 5 and if from five years old up to twenty years old, then your valuation for a male shall be twenty shekels, and for a female ten shekels; 6 and if from a month old up to five years old, then your valuation for a male shall be five shekels of silver, and for a female your valuation shall be three shekels of silver; 7 and if from sixty years old and above, if it is a male, then your valuation shall be fifteen shekels, and for a female ten shekels. 8 But if he is too poor to pay your valuation, then he shall present himself before the priest, and the priest shall set a value for him; according to the ability of him who vowed, the priest shall value him.”

“In the same manner we find that all the precepts comprised in ‘the laws on valuations’ and ‘on things devoted’ are based on the principle of charity; some of them prescribe what should be given to the priests; others tell us what must be devoted to the repair of the temple. The practice of all these things accustoms man to act liberally and to spend money unhesitatingly for the glory of God. For it is in the nature of man to strive to gain money and to increase his store; and his great desire to add to his wealth and honor is the chief source of misery for man.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 38

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