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Someone asked this question online to Rabbi Yitzhak ben Yosef (posek and rabbi of Ramat Gan) here, and he responded as follows: בהחלט שאלה נדירה ביותר. לכאורה כל תינוק הוא פטר רחם וצריכים שני הילדים פדיון צריך לבדוק האם הם פטר רחם דהיינו שלכול רחם יש פתח נפרד. This is an extremely rare case. Seemingly, each infant is the"opener of the womb" and ...


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It could be that such a custom exists because the baby needs to be 29.5611 days old and if he was born close to the end of one day, then in the summer when the nights are under 12 hours long, he would not be old enough first thing in the morning. (See R Akiva Eiger to Shach 305:12 and Pitchei Teshuva 305:17 who discuss similar concerns.)


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There is an opinion that a full lunar cycle must elapse before doing pidyon. One complete cycle takes about 29.5 days. If the baby was born late in the afternoon, and the pidyon haben ceremony is celebrated early in the 31st day, perhaps a complete lunar cycle has not yet elapsed. However, sefaradim hold that one should do pidyon as soon as possible, on the ...


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As I'd answered the other question, Rabbi Aaron Soloveichik and other American poskim of the late twentieth century would say that it is needed. "The egg is considered nothing more than a synthetic product made in Japan", writes Soloveichik! The halachic mother here is the Israelite birth mother. Many rabbis in Israel, plus Rabbis Heinemann and Hopfer of ...


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Excellent treatment of the clal 'ain maavirin al hamitzvot' http://www.dailyhalacha.com/Display.asp?ClipDate=7/16/2006 You perform the Pidyon at its proper time. A delayed Brit may follow. Citing The Chida (Rabbi Chayim Yosef David Azulai, Israel, 1724-1806), in his work of responsa Chayim Sha'al (1:31), writes that even if an infant is sick and unable to ...


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What do you mean by "Cohen couple"? If dad is a Cohen but mom is not, then we'd have to argue that this child's halachic father is "dad." As "dad" is not the biological father, I don't see how that argument could hold. (As I understand it, biological fatherhood is a necessary but not sufficient condition for halachic fatherhood.) If mom is a Cohen, we get ...


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When we have a doubt regarding a biblical command, we take a stringent approach. This is known as ספק דאורייתא לחומרה. When we are obligated to do something at a set time, and especially when that time is dependent on another phenomenon or event, it is imperative that we know when the appropriate time is. This is why two days of Yom Tov were established ...



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