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If a body is cremated, do the ashes transmit tumah as do other human remains, or does cremation render the body no longer tamei?

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One spoonful of pure human dust is metamei (Ahilot 2:1) –  Double AA Apr 10 '13 at 0:59
    
That is from the natural decaying process and not being burned. –  Meir Zirkind Apr 10 '13 at 2:44
    
@MeirZirkind Hence "dust" not "ashes" –  Double AA Apr 10 '13 at 2:45
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So what was the point in the first comment if it had really nothing to do with the question? –  Meir Zirkind Apr 10 '13 at 2:56
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@MeirZirkind It's similar enough. –  Double AA Apr 10 '13 at 4:55
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This is a matter of dispute in the Mishna Oholos 2:2. Rabbi Eliezer says one quarter kav worth of ash does transmit impurity, whilst the Sages say it does not transmit impurity at all. Rambam (Hilchos Tumas Meis 3:9-10) rules like the Sages.

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