Rites of passage

  • Ray Colledge
Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series (MMS)


  • 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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