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The Real Count
The Real Count
Items which have been "counted" usually do not enjoy lasting blessing.
The only true count on earth was of the components which comprised the Holy Tabernacle. Normally, G-d objects to a headcount. In this instance G-d did not object; on the contrary - every single component contributed and accounted for increased the amount of blessings G-d bestowed on the Holy Tabernacle.
Contribution of Maturity
By the age of 20, one is considered fully equipped to cope with temptation.
A person is not yet mature enough emotionally and intellectually to successfully battle the evil urge and to appreciate G-d's message to man until age 20. Therefore, teenagers were not required to pay the half-shekel ransom, although they also participated in the Golden Calf episode.
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