The Shabbes before Rosh Chodesh Adar is a special Shabbes, named Shabbes Shekolim. We read Shemos 30:11-16 in preparation for Purim. This reading, like the festival of Purim itself, reminds us of the importance of unity. It speaks of the obligation for each man to contribute just one half shekel. Alone this doesn’t sound like much, and that’s the idea; just one half shekel is nothing much, but when everyone’s money is combined, it can make a massive impact. And the same applies to us. We need to work together, there is true strength in numbers.
In London, Shabbes candles should be lit at 5:14 PM, and Shabbes ends tomorrow at 6:24 PM. While lighting candles, please keep in mind Chaim Elozor ben Baila and Yisroel ben Esther HaCohen. Gut Shabbes!