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What is the reason for giving packets of sugar and garlic to those present at a Pidyon Haben?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart

  

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It is considered a big zechut (privilege) to partake of the meal celebrating a Pidyon Haben. Food served at this meal has the ability to bring atonement for sins (when accompanied by proper Teshuvah).

Perhaps, then, this is the reason why we place around the baby, and then distribute to all present, food items that can “go a long way” by adding flavor to other foods. The guests take the sugar and garlic home with them, and whoever partakes of a dish which was flavored by one of these, is considered to have taken part in the Pidyon Haben repast.


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