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1,123. Who Need Not Redeem Their Sons?
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164:8 If the father ignored his obligation and didn’t redeem his son, or if he died and the beis din didn’t redeem the baby, then the son is obligated to redeem himself when he becomes an adult. He recites the bracha “…Who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us regarding the redemption of a […]
1,122. Returning the Coins of a Pidyon HaBen
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164:6 The Turei Zahav wrote regarding the practice for the kohein to return all or part of the redemption money to the father and the matter requires further investigation. One who wants to perform the mitzvah properly should choose a needy kohein who is learned and pious. The father and the kohein arrange between themselves […]
1,121. The Pidyon HaBen Ceremony
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164:4 The father brings the baby to the kohein and tells him that he is the first-born, who “opened the womb” of a Jewish mother. He brings the equivalent of five silver shekels in coin or merchandise and places it before the kohein. He says to the kohein, “This is my son, my first born…” […]
1,120. When to Perform Pidyon HaBen
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164:2 If the father told one kohein he would redeem his son from him, he may not change his mind. If he did change his mind and redeemed the baby from another kohein, the redemption is valid. 164:3 We don’t redeem the first-born son until he is more that thirty days old. We redeem him […]
1,119. The Meal Celebrating a Bris
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163:8 The practice is to make a festive meal on the day of the bris because every mitzvah that the Jews received with joy is still observed with joy, as per Psalms 119:162, “I rejoice at Your word,” which we are told refers to bris milah. One who has the means to make a proper […]
1,118. A Baby Who Died Uncircumcised
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163:6 If a baby was born at twilight or immediately before, a Torah scholar should be consulted regarding when to have the bris. 163:7 If a baby died before being circumcised, whether it was within the first eight days or after, he is circumcised at the time of burial so that he should not be […]
1,117. A Baby Who is Sick
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163:4 We must not circumcise a baby who might be sick because safeguarding life takes precedence. This is because a bris can always be performed later but it’s impossible to restore a lost life. See Yoreh Deah 262-263 regarding when to circumcise a baby who was sick and recovered. As soon as the baby is […]
1,116. Standing at a Bris
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163:2 The practice is for the guests at a bris to stand as per II Kings 23:3, “the people stood at the covenant.” This excludes the sandek, who sits holding the baby. After the father has recited the bracha (see 163:1, above), the others respond “amen,” followed by, “Just as he has been brought into […]
1,115. Bris Milah
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162:14 There are many laws regarding a mikvah. Wherever they make a mikvah, it should only be done by a learned and pious rabbi who us an expert in such matters. When any change, great or small, happens in the mikvah, an authority should immediately be consulted. Similarly, when the mikvah needs to emptied and […]
1,114. (Not) Immersing in a River
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162:12 Many great Torah authorities maintained that immersion in a river is not valid except when the river is small enough that we know for sure that it wasn’t swollen by rainwater or melting snow. This is because rainwater and melted snow only purify when they are in a mikvah, not when they are flowing […]