When does one do a Pidyon HaBen? (Halacha a day)

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All firstborn sons (born naturally) have to be “redeemed” by giving 5 biblical Shekalim to a Cohen; unless the baby’s father is a Cohen or Levi, or his mother is the daughter of a Cohen or Levi.

The Mitzva is to be done on the 31st day of his life.

If day-31 is Shabbat or YomTov then the redemption is done at night on Motzai Shabbat or Motzai YomTov.

It is customary to have a Seuda – a festive meal – to celebrate this ceremony.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 164:1

Danny Schoemann

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