Definition of Pidyon Haben in US English:

Pidyon Haben


  • A ceremony performed thirty-one days after the birth of a firstborn male child in which the child, nominally the property of the priesthood, is redeemed from this claim through payment of a sum of five shekels or its equivalent to the officiating priest.


Late 19th century. From Hebrew pidyōn habbēn redemption of the son from pidyōn redemption (from pādāh to redeem) + ha- the + ben son.


Pidyon Haben

/ˌpɪdjən haˈbɛn/