Meaning of pidyon haben

pid•yon ha•ben

Pronunciation: (Seph. Heb.pēd-yôn' hä-ben'Ashk. Heb.,Eng.pid'y&schwan hä-ben'), [key]
— Judaism. Judaism.
  1. the rite of relieving the first male child born to parents not descended from Aaron or Levi of certain religious obligations by redeeming him from a member of the priestly class, celebrated 30 days after the child's birth.
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