The Rambam stated that the tenth red heifer will be prepared by the Messiah:

וְהָעֲשִׂירִית יַעֲשֶׂה הַמֶּלֶךְ הַמָּשִׁיחַ מְהֵרָה יִגָּלֶה אָמֵן כֵּן יְהִי רָצוֹן: [Mishneh Torah, Parah Adumah 3:4]

Is he the originator of this prediction, and if not, what is his source?

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    See Mishnah Parah 3:5
    – Alex
    Jun 30, 2020 at 2:13
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    @DoubleAA, that mishnah doesn't say anything about the tenth one.
    – Meir
    Jun 30, 2020 at 2:15
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    If the Mishna says 9 done already, who do we expect is going to do the tenth? Mashiach himself isn't a kohein anyway so not literally him. @meir
    – Double AA
    Jun 30, 2020 at 2:21
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    @DoubleAA, without the Rambam's statement we'd think that maybe just the ashes of one or more of the previous paros adumos will be found when Moshiach comes.
    – Meir
    Jun 30, 2020 at 2:22
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    @DoubleAA, a non-kohen can slaughter it IINM so maybe he'll personally assist in the preparation (though personally I doubt it). That said, I haven't seen the Rambam's language: maybe it precludes that kind of preparation, referring to burning or something. As usual, quoting what you're asking about would be helpful.
    – msh210
    Jun 30, 2020 at 5:09

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Rabbi Avi Kahana from Machon Hamikdash says in note 52 that what the Rambam writes in Para Aduma 3:4 that Moshiach will make the tenth Para Aduma has no source in Chazal, and is not in the Mishna Para 3:5.

ומה שכתב הרמב"ם שפרה אדומה יעשה משיח, אין לכך מקור בדברי חז"ל, וגם לא במשנה פרה ג, ה. הרמב"ם לא כתב כן כהלכה פסוקה, אלא מתוך אמונה, כי היום יבוא משיח וממילא הוא שיכין אפר פרה אדומה.


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