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I believe Siman Tav-Tzadi-Vav(496) in Shut haRadvaz Vol 1 describes the same situation. "....and therefore, we might conclude that if the Israelite wishes to give his son, he performed the Giving. However, it has no relevance in here. If the Kohen wants to use the bechor as a slave - an Israelite is not sold for slavery. And if the Kohen wants him ...


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It's 5 Shekels. Period. If you don't have it you can't do the Mitzva just like if you were stuck somewhere on Sukkot without an Etrog. Sad, but that's the way it goes. (ShA YD 305:1,6) They cannot even have the Kohein collect from lands they sold after the son was born and debt took effect (:17). If the father or son ever do manage to get 5 Shekels (even ...


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As per Menachos 37a, the payment is five sela'im per head. בעא מיניה פלימו מרבי מי שיש לו שני ראשים באיזה מהן מניח תפילין א''ל או קום גלי או קבל עלך שמתא אדהכי אתא ההוא גברא א''ל איתיליד לי ינוקא דאית ליה תרי רישי כמה בעינן למיתב לכהן אתא ההוא סבא תנא ליה חייב ליתן לו י' סלעים Phlimo asked Rebbi (Yehudah Hanassi): "If someone has two heads, ...


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No. The Kohen would not receive the child if the father would refuse to redeem the boy. The function of the question, according to the Artscroll Siddur quoting the Chut Hashani, is merely to endear the mitzvah to the father. The sole reason for the father to redeem the child is to fulfill the explicit mitzvas asei of pidyon bechoros. As an aside, if the ...


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Per Chabad.org it is permitted כשעושים סעודת ברית מילה או פדיון הבן במוצאי תשעה-באב, מותר להזמין כמה אנשים שרוצים, וכולם מותרים אז בבשר ויין


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Here's a very partial answer: In the United States in 2012, 1,570,976 of the 3,952,841 live births, or 39.7%, were the first live birth to that mother. Among mothers listed as non-Hispanic and white (which I mention only because I think the vast majority of Jews in the States are so listed and the category is available to me), 895,171 of the 2,134,044 live ...



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