This is the ritual law that the LORD has commanded: Instruct the Israelite people to bring you a red cow without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which no yoke has been laid.
There were 9 red cows from the time Torah was given until the destruction of the second Beit Hamikdash.
The first one was Moshe’s, then there was one in the days of Ezra, two in the days of Shimon Hatzaddik, two in the days of Yochanan the High Priest, one in the days of Eliyahu, one in the days of Chanamel the Egyptian and one in the days of Yishamel, son of Piabi.
The 10th one will be in the days of Moshiach.
(Rambam, Bachya, see Parah Ch. 3)
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