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

  • 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

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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