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Weigh To Go!

Avigail Sharer

Rosh HaShanah is here and once again, we’re thinking about all our mitzvos and aveiros of the past year. And trying to grab a few more mitzvos so that our mitzvos outweigh our aveiros on the Heavenly scales! Did you ever think about how things are weighed? Come along for the ride ...

Monday, September 02, 2013

Scales

Where does the name come from? The name scales comes from the two scales or dishes in which we place objects to weigh them.

Why Do We Need Scales?

Imagine if scales had never been invented. There wouldn’t be any stores, as everything is sold by weight. Instead, you’d go to the market and argue over how many eggs were worth a pound of potatoes. That’s called bartering.

Bartering is okay for small amounts, but it doesn’t work too well when you want to buy enough food for a large family. And it’s even less effective when you’re conducting a business. (Imagine Mr. Farmer saying, hmmm, this huge field of wheat is worth a year’s supply of milk, cheese, and butter). Things need to be weighed to figure out their value and then how much money to charge for them.

 

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