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Can you still give your first born to a Cohen?

I’ve learned about the redeeming of the first born ceremony through “To Be a Jew”, and I understand it might be a bit obscure to non orthodox Jews. The book stated that a Cohen asks the father if he wishes to give his son away or redeem him for five shekels. It then simply states that the father will reply “redeem him”. So could a father give his son away if he really wanted to? And has this ever actually happened or been attempted?

And, in your opinion, is saving five dollars a good enough reason to give your son away?

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