Saturday, June 22, 2013

Pidyon haBen with unknown lineage


The ritual of pidyon haben is performed for a firstborn son of parents who are from neither kohen nor levi stock, and only if this was the mother's first pregnancy.

If a boy had not had a pidyon haben, and he does not know whether his parents had kohen or levi lineage, then upon reaching adulthood he should perform pidyon haben without reciting a blessing.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Yoreh Deah 1:188)

Have a great day,

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