pidyon haben

noun
pid·​yon ha·​ben | \ ˌpidyənhəˈben \
plural pidyon habens or pidyon habonin

Definition of pidyon haben

: a traditional Jewish ceremonial rite observed on the 30th day after the birth of a first-born male child of one not a Cohen or a Levite in which the father symbolically relieves the child of ritual responsibilities by redeeming him from a Cohen for a certain sum

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History and Etymology for pidyon haben

Late Hebrew pidyōn habēn, literally, redemption of the son

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“Pidyon haben.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pidyon%20haben. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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