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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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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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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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Rav Pam ZT"L was bothered by your question [and other questions] on the way people understand the Rashba. Most people understand the Rashba's point, that things which may not happen because someone else might back out, you cannot make a questionable bracha, for if he backs out it's a bracha in vain. However, suggests Rav Pam, the Rashba really intended what ...


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Yes, the child would need to redeem himself when he grows up. (Mishna Bechorot 8:1, ShA YD 305:20)


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The Talmud (Kiddushin 29a) derives that the obligation to redeem lies solely on the father, and then the son himself if the father did not redeem him. The Shulchan Aruch rules this way in YD 305:1 and 305:15 and explicitly excludes the mother in 305:2. I don't know of anyone who debates these rulings. In terms of your story, I have heard a similar story ...


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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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In my experience (having being the Cohen receiving the pidyon haben money), a Cohen who does many pidyonei banim will often own his own set of 5 silver shekalim (I do not, but was gifted a set by someone to whom I later regifted it). The Cohen will then sell the silver coins to the father for an agreed upon amount of money, and the father will then use ...


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The earliest source I can find is Rosh who quotes an enactment of the Geonim to have a ceremony surrounding the redemption with its blessings (which are outlined on Pesachim 121b). He writes: ומצאתי תיקון הגאונים וז"ל: ותיקון גאונים לסדורי מנהגא דפדיונא וברכתא דיליה הכי: מייתי ליה אבוה קמיה כהנא ומידע ליה לכהנא דבכור פטר רחם הוא. ולשייליה כהנא: מאי בעית ...


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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.


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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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According to this it's because garlic and sugar are spices which last along time and get put in multiple dishes. This way, people can take some of the garlic and sugar home and thereby be able to partake in the mitzvah-food for a long time to come. A similar idea can be found here. According to this it's because sugar shows that mitzvot are sweet and garlic ...


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If the father neglects to do it the son redeems himself at his first opportunity. (Shulchan Arukh YD 305:15)


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Bechadrei Chadorim mentions the reason is לקשט, המקור הוא להעלות את "ערכו" של התינוק ולהראות את חשיבותו למשפחתו. To adorn the child: The source is to enhance the value of the child and to show his importance to his family. Rav Daniel Cohen suggests the reason as: סיבת המנהג הינו תיקון לעגל הזהב , אשר בו הנשים סרבו לתת את תכשיטיהן והגברים ...


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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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Your question could use some clarification, but, if you're asking whether the firstborn son of a Giyoret requires Pidyon, the answer is yes, even if she conceived before converting. Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 305:20 הַשִּׁפְחָה שֶׁנִּשְׁתַּחְרְרָה וְכוּתִית שֶׁנִּתְגַיְּרָה כְּשֶׁהֵן מְעֻבָּרוֹת, וְיָלְדוּ, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהוֹרָתוֹ שֶׁלֹּא בִּקְדֻשָּׁה, ...


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http://www.mevaseret.org/mmy/searchshiurim.php?shiur=391 If the Pidyon Haben and its festive meal will take place immediately after davening, Tachanun is not recited (Ishai Yisrael 25:26 quoting Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach). However the Mishnas Yehoshua brings in the name of the Sova Semochos that you do say Tachanun at a Pidyon HaBen


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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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the mishna in bechoros states that a child born after a ceaserian birth does not require pidyon (this is codified as halcha). gemara explains that although he is considered the opener of the womb, he is not the first child, and he is not considered the bechor for pidyon. We can infer from here, that any child who has an older brother from his mother, cannot ...


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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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The answer is from my own experience as a bechor. :) Or at least what i've been told about it... When i was born (<20 years ago) my parents used 5 silver dollar coins for the pidyon, in accordance with common practice (and i suppose what their rabbi said). The kohen returned the money to us as a gift later (which my parents then gifted to me). I am told ...


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The sefer Pidyon HaBen KeHilchaso 8:37 brings two customs. One is as you described. The custom of starting the meal first and then performing the pidyon haben is brought by the Maharil, Shu"t Mahari Bruna § 121, Be'er HaGoleh 305:10, Migdal Oz 9:5, and Chochmas Adam 150:7, amongst others. The Mahari Bruna gives the following reason for the custom: If the ...


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It's possible that the local rabbinic authority is responsible to arrange for the Pidyon Haben if the father doesn't do it (Be'er Heitev on YD 305:15). If not, the son should do it himself when he reaches Bar Mitzvah (Pitchei Teshuva, ad loc. "עיין בת׳ זכרון יוסף שכתב דהיינו שיהיה בן י״ג שנה דוקא.") The way I understand it, because this obligation carries ...


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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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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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People who attend a pidyon haben are counted as if they made 84 fasts, tanesim. Anyone who partakes of the feast of the pidyon, is likewise credited. Since garlic and sugar leave their taste in minute quantities, we cook and then distribute food with this garlic and sugar to be mezakeh many, many, other people as if they too fasted 84 fasts.


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The Rivevos Ephraim 5:538 explains it is a mistake to think that a bris has to go first.The pidyon can be done before if the baby is still not ready for a bris. See also 6:441:13 where he brings an actual case where they did the pidyon first.


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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 births, or 41.9%, were the ...


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Not less than 30, but as soon as possible from the 31st. Shulchan Aruch YD 305:11 and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 164:3 affirm this. אֵין פּוֹדִין אֶת הַבְּכוֹר, עַד שֶׁיַעַבְרו עָלָיו שְׁלֹשִׁים יוֹם. וּבְיוֹם שְׁלֹשִׁים וְאֶחָד יִפְדֵּהוּ מִיָּד, שֶׁלֹּא לְהַשְׁהוֹת אֶת הַמִּצְוָה. וְאֵין פּוֹדִין בְּשַׁבָּת וּבְיוֹם טוֹב. אֲבָל בְּחֹל הַמּוֹעֵד פּוֹדִין. ...


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Bris Milah The Shulchan Aruch says in Yoreh Deah סימן רסג - ילד שהוא אדם או ירק, ומי שבניו מתים מחמת מילה that when doing Hatafas Dam Bris one does not make a Bracha - unless one is certain that there's some hint/remnant of the Orla. ד נוֹלַד כְּשֶׁהוּא מָהוּל, צָרִיךְ (ב) לְהַטִּיף מִמֶּנּוּ דַּם בְּרִית באר היטב (ב) להטיף. ואין מברכין על המילה אא''...


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