- Much of this Bible portion discusses the situation in which a person
donates their "value" to the sanctuary. Standard amounts of "value" are fixed
(based on gender and age), and the person must give that sum. One twist is the case
of a donor who cannot afford the fixed sum, in which case a separate valuation
is made based on his ability to pay. Many communal institutions have fixed fees,
regardless of one's ability to pay. If the fee can be adjusted downward to
accommodate the needy, should it be adjusted upward for the wealthy? What function
does a flat fee serve?
- In many situations, a penalty is imposed if an individual donates an
animal or real estate to the sanctuary and changes his mind. The phenomena of
people making pledges to communal institutions, which are then unfulfilled,
is well-known. In a number of landmark cases, institutions have even filed suit
against the pledgemakers to compel them to fulfill their pledges.
What is a proper stance for a public institution to take toward those it solicits
for support? Should a school take the name of a benefactor off the building if he
paid only part of his pledge?
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