Rites of passage
Biblical Law states that the first-born male child is to be devoted to God (Numbers 3:11–13).
The child was symbolically redeemed from the priest (kohen) in the pidyan haben ceremony (redemption of the first-born son).
Every new life is God’s gift and receives a joyous welcome into the family.
Baby boys are circumcised on the eighth day after birth.
Education starts at the age of five years, when children are sent to the cheder (‘room’), a special class to learn Hebrew and Jewish religious history and principles.
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