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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Jewish Childrearing Related Questions (12/12)
Section - Question 21.1.11: Entering the Covenant: When is a pidyon haben required?

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                                  Answer:
   
   A pidyon haben is required on the 31st (although check with your
   Rabbi, for one source says 30th) day after the birth of a first born
   male child. This child must be an "opener of the womb". That is, a
   male child born naturally (not a caesarian) and not preceded in any
   way by another child.
   
   Note that if the father is a Levite or a kohen, (making the child a
   Levi or a kohen) the pidyon haben does not apply (logically since the
   father could wind up paying himself). If the mother is the daughter of
   a Levi or a kohen the child is exempt.

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