pidyon haben

Definitions

  • ceremony of redemption of the first-born son; celebration surrounding this ceremony

Example Sentences

  • "The mitzvah of pidyon haben - redeeming of the firstborn- applies only to the firstborn male Israelite child who is peter rechem – opens his mother's womb." (http://pidyonhaben.org/whoHasPidyonHaben.html)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • פדיון הבן 'lit. redemption of the son'
    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      pidion haben

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