What is the significance of the five Shekalim with which the two hundred and seventy-three firstborn redeemed themselves? Why specifically five Shekalim?


Rashi (on Pasuk 46): That was the amount that the brothers received when they sold Yosef, 1 twenty silver pieces (Dinrim). 2


Rashi: Who was the firstborn of Rachel.


Four Dinrim = two Shekalim = one Sela, and a Shekel ha'Kodesh is double that od a regular Shekel..

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