Pidyon haben, or redemption of the firstborn son


Jewish custom first bornDec. 28, 2012: An Orthodox Jewish mother decorates her newborn baby with jewelry in a silver bowl for the pidyon haben in Bnei Brak, Israel, on Dec. 27. Pidyon haben, or redemption of the firstborn son, is an ancient Jewish custom in which the firstborn son is redeemed by use of silver coins from his birth state of sanctity at the age of 30 days. (© Abir Sultan/EPA/Landov)


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