pidyon haben

Alternative Spellings

pidion 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).

Edit     See something you disagree with? Feel free to edit it. All changes will be moderated.