CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
פרשת כי תשא
Parshas Ki Sisa
ונתנו איש כופר נפשו (כי תשא ל:יב)Every man shall give Hashem an atonement for his soul
This is the source of “פדיון נפש” by tzaddikim = “קוויטל געלט”.
Talmidim of the Baal Shem Tov incorporated a minhag for tzaddikim to take ‘pidyan nefesh’ money from chassidim when they came with their ‘kivitlach’ – requests for a bracha for a yeshuah. A set amount of money was never incorporated. Many give according to their means or their needs for a yeshuah. Some give according to the equivalence of their name or the thing they request. For example, childless couples give for the amount of בן – and some give חי – 18 times 2, 3, 10, etc.
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