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1)

Why does the Pasuk distinguish between someone who carries the ashes and someone who touches them.

1.

Rashi: Because, whereas the former also renders the clothes he is wearing Tamei, the latter does not.

2)

Who is the word "ve'Chol asher Yiga bo Yitma" referring to?

1.

Rashi and Rashbam: It is referring to the Meis itself, and teaches us that whoever touches it becomes an Av ha'Tum'ah, 1 to render Tamei until nightfall, Adam ve'Keilim that touch him. 2


1

Rashi and Rashbam: In which case, the Meis itself is an Avi Avos ha'Tum'ah.

2

Since if he was a Rishon, he would only be Metamei food and drink, but not Adam and Keilim.

3)

Why is the Parah Metamei all those who deal with it?

1.

Rashi (citing R. Moshe ha'Darshan): Just as the Golden Calf rendered Tamei all those who had contact with it. 1


1

See Sifsei Chachamim.

4)

And what is the significance of the fact that its ashes render Tahor?

1.

Rashi (citing R. Moshe ha'Darshan): Just as they became Tahor via the ashes of the Golden Calf. 1


1

Ramban: As the Pasuk writes in Shemos 32:20.

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