I'm looking for a scenario where a father can potentially be the Kohen for his own son's Pidyon Haben.

Normally, this would be impossible, because a Kohen is pattur from Pidyon Haben. Is there any scenario where this would be possible?

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    Maybe if the mom is a gentile who converts while pregnant?
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 1, 2019 at 21:35
  • In that case would he be the father (halachically) after the conversion? And if yes, would the son be a kohen?
    – chortkov2
    Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 1:00
  • No, but you have to give up on something if you want answers here. The answer below gives up on a pidyon ceremony, and hence any semblance of the regular mitzva. This gives up on halakhic relationship. No one knows why you want this info so who can tell which is more useful.
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 1:03

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If the son is a challal. If a Kohen fathers a challal, the son is not a Kohen and therefore needs to be redeemed. However, there is no 'ceremony', because the father is זוכה בפדיונו automatically. So he is the Kohen, but there is no actual Pidyon. (See Bechoros 47b)

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    I thought someone who has a parent who is a Kohen or Levi is exempt. If someone's mother (bas Kohen) exempts them, why not a father?
    – robev
    Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 1:03
  • @Robev - See Rema 305 about Ben Challal
    – chortkov2
    Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 14:24

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