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When is the Pidyon Haben ceremony done?

A child is not considered fully "established" until he is has survived his first month. Therefore, a Pidyon Haben should take place on...

What is the procedure of a Pidyon Haben?

The Pidyon Haben is normally held in a synagogue, small hall, or at home -- if it can accommodate the small crowd. Close family and friends are invited --...

What are some customs observed at a Pidyon Haben?

The act of Pidyon Haben is one that inspires G-d's blessing to all who participate in the celebration of the mitzvah. It is for this reason that one...

How much money is used to redeem the firstborn in a Pidyon Haben ceremony?

The Torah says the child must be redeemed for five selaim, a silver coin of ancient times. Five selaim equal approximately 100 grams of silver. Today...

Who is responsible to redeem the firstborn son?

The obligation to redeem the firstborn son is the father's. If the father fails to do so or he cannot, the Bet Din (Jewish Court) does it. A firstborn...

What is the origin of Pidyon Haben?

"For every firstborn of the Children of Israel became mine, of man and livestock; on the day I struck every firstborn in the land of Egypt I...

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

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...

What are the conditions that require the pidyon haben ceremony?

The firstborn child of a mother, if it is a male baby, is required to have a pidyon haben -- even if the father already has other children. This...