The preferred method for fulfilling the custom of “Zecher La’mahasit Ha’shekel” is to use a half-dollar coin that has silver content. ($6 per adult year 2016)
One of the obligations that apply on the festival of Purim is Matanot La’evyonim – gifts to the poor (to two people in need). Sages write that one should give an amount with which the recipient can purchase a modest meal, consisting of bread and a dip. For us, this would mean approximately $5. Thus, to fulfill this obligation, one must donate $10, so that two people in need receive an amount with which they can purchase a modest meal. Women, too, are included in this obligation, it is laudable to give more than this amount.
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