It says in SA YD Siman 305 that a Bas Cohen that has a bechor (firstborn) with a non-Jew there is chiyuv of pidyon haben since the Bas Cohen through having relations with the non-Jew she looses her status of being a Bas Cohen. What about if a not-frum (irreligious) Bas Cohen before becoming a baalas teshuva (religious person) had relations with a non-Jew. Then after becoming frum (religious) later got married to a Yisrael and had a bechor. Is there a chiyuv of making a pidyon haben on that child? (My doubt is because through the relations with the non-Jew before becoming frum perhaps she lost her status of being a Bas Cohen.)


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Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 134:9 clearly indicates that a Bas Kohain who has had relations with a non Jew prior to having a child with a Jew would do a Pidyon HaBen as the relationship is what makes her a Chalal.

Shach Yoreh Deah 305:22 also says that a Bas Kohain who has had relations with a non Jew prior to having a child with a Jew would do a Pidyon HaBen.


A kohen's daughter does not lose her status as a kohen's daughter by simply having pre-marital sex; she loses it through either marrying a non-kohen or through having his baby. In the event that she marries him and then has a divorce, so long as she was never pregnant she regains her former status and all of its privileges.

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    You're conflating having a baby with being pregnant: do you know which of them is the relevant criterion? And do you have a source for the answer, please?
    – msh210
    Sep 10, 2012 at 15:13
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    If she is pregnant for more than forty days it makes no difference if she miscarries later, any subsequent son will not be a bechor. There are plenty of sources; I apologise for the fact that I've not the time to source them now. I'm not writing an answer for the points, but merely for the purposes of responding. When I've time I'll edit my answer and add some.
    – Shimon bM
    Sep 10, 2012 at 15:19
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    If she has a child with a non-kohein and then the child dies many years later, she still reverts back to being a bat kohein for terumah.
    – Double AA
    Sep 10, 2012 at 16:25

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