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#1 of 8 Old 02-14-2003, 12:50 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone ever do the Jewish ceremony of Pidyon Ha-Ben? I've read about them but never attended one, and we are planning to do one for our new baby in about three weeks. I'm good at doing research and finding ways to make things meaningful, but if you have blazed this trail before, I could benefit from your experience. We have a good friend who is a cohen we would like to honor with this, and we think our friends would enjoy another baby-oriented party.

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Can't help you, didn't have one for my son. I had miscarriages first.

But just want to say mazal tov ...



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Congratulations!

My first child was a beautiful daughter, so I cannot help you there, but check w/Chabad or your own community.

The ones I have attended, used old silver dollars or simply Eisenhower dollars for the exchange.

It is a beautiful redemption ceremony for the beginning of your child's life. I hope you continue to find out more about it
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Dh actually had the zchus of doing two. One for our son and one for the son of a relative.
What did you want to know about it?

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mozel tov! I had one for my son Izaac!

I went into labor on Rosh Hashannah, had a yom kippur bris, so the pidyen haben was our big 'our baby is here party'

It fell on a Saturday, so we all went outside on our porch and started with a havdallah ceremony.

Inside I read a poem and our Rabbi read some blessings and we had special friends and family offer the coins...my MIL brought some Israeli coins, I believe. I used a poem from the New Jewish Baby book. Each person who had a coin said a wish/blessing for Izaac.

We asked people not to bring baby gifts, but suggested a donation to our congregations building fund or to a children's cancer charity. Izaac raised some good money for these charities.

I hope you find it a meaningful, special time to celebrate your new son!
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b'h

mazel tov!

my first was a girl, so didn't do one, but last saturday night we made one for a thirty some year old fellow who is a firstborn and never had one because he never knew about it. it was really interesting. he had to redeem himself, usually it's the dad who redeems the son.

(and the kohen was a teenage boy, i think like 18 or 19, it was really cute)
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Thanks for the good thoughts, ForestMa. We usually have people blessing the baby at the naming ceremony, but we did a more traditional one than is usual in our congregation. So I bet people would welcome the opportunity to bless the baby as you did in your ceremony.

Of which, said baby is getting yuchy, like he might want to nurse again...

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you are welcome, mommy optimism! Let us know how it goes!
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