pidyon haben

Alternative Spellings

pidion haben


  • 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." (

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)


North America


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

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