pidyon haben


pidyon haben (peed-YON hah-BEHN) listen


  • n. 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." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • פדיון הבן 'lit. redemption of the son'

    • Who Uses This

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


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      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • 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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