April 13, 2011

Pidyon HaBen: Cool customs and fascinating facts!

Only 1-of-10 Jewish families ever meet all the conditions for Pidyon Ha’Ben. If you were eligible for a Pidyon Ha’Ben, but did not have one, then you still can and should have one. Speak to your rabbi to arrange the ceremony! Some people have the custom to give their guests cloves of garlic and cubes of sugar to take home. These strongly-flavored foods can be used to flavor other quantities […]
April 13, 2011

So who exactly gets a Pidyon HaBen?

According to the Torah, Pidyon Ha’Ben only applies to a son who “opened his mother’s womb.” Therefore, all the following conditions must apply: The mother is Jewish, and she has never had a baby before, male or female. The baby was delivered in the normal way, not via C-section. The mother had no abortions or miscarriages prior to this birth. The father of the baby is not a Kohen or […]
April 13, 2011

The Pidyon Haben Ceremony in 7 easy steps!

1) Find a Kohen who will be happy to partake in this special ceremony. If you are unsure who to choose confer with your local rabbi who will be able to help you. 2) You will need five silver coins, containing approximately 110 grams of silver. Five U.S. silver dollars are often used, though the specific type of coins depends on where you are in the world. Once again – […]
April 13, 2011

Pidyon Haben 101

Pidyon Ha’Ben, literally means the “redemption of the first born son.”  The Pidyon HaBen  takes place when the first born who is male, is at least 31 days old. The ceremony involves “buying him back” from a Kohen/Priest in order to release him from the obligation of serving in the Temple. (see Numbers 18:15) Pidyon Ha’Ben, literally means the “redemption of the first born son.”  The Pidyon HaBen  takes place […]