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What happened to Moses' staff? Where is it now?

What happened to Moses' staff? Where is it now?


What an interesting question!

The Midrash1 tells us that the staff was passed down from generation to generation and was in the possession of the Judean kings until the First Temple was destroyed. In Samuel I, 17:40, it is said concerning King David: "And he took his staff in his hand." According to Midrashic tradition, this is a reference to Moses' special staff.

It is unknown what became of the staff after the Temple was destroyed and the Jews were exiled from their land.

Yours truly,

Rabbi Menachem Posner


Yalkut Shimoni, Chukat 763.

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November 22, 2015
Staff of Moses... lets think for a second?
Unless something weird is going on... the staff of Moses does not have any power in and of itself. That is reserved of God himself. But, we do have to admit that the staff was a snake once.
July 27, 2015
staff of moses
to say that David had a staff would be pretty normal. he was a Shepard and had a staff. all shepards have a staff !!!
September 25, 2014
I just came back from Istanbul Turkey last week and I the staff of Moses was displayed at the Topkapi Palace. I was in disbelieve that they did not make a big deal about it. I was so excited to see it and at the same disappointed that I was not allowed to take a picture of it. I don't think that they understand what a great deal it is for them to have it. They are currently hi-lighting an 86 carat diamond.

Woodland Hills, CA
Woodland Hills, CA
January 27, 2010
moses staff
I visited Turkey this past spring and saw Moses' staff displayed at Topkapi Palace
Des Moines, Ia, USA
January 12, 2010
Moses' Staff
Be careful, the staff of Moses represents the banner under which we serve God. This banner indicates to the world who we serve. The staff of Moses in those days were the banner stating that he served God and walked in fear of God. What banner do you raise for people to see, your favorite cricket team, material riches or do your banner clearly reflect that you serve God like the banner of Moses did, namely his staff.
Advocate James Clark
Gauteng South Africa, Rayton
December 4, 2009
Location of Mose's Staff
According to the identifying document at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, mose's staff is on display there.
el paso, tx, usa
October 15, 2009
Moses Staff
I have recently read that Moses staff was originally taken from the tree of knowledge by Adam as he was leaving the Garden of Eden. The staff was then passed down from patriarch to patriarch until the destruction of the temple.
Is this a cultural story passed down from generations or someones musings?
Tom Rasey
Great Falls, Mt. USA
August 5, 2009
What happened to Moses' staff? Where is it now?
I dont have a good reference from the Bible about the "Staff", quoting from Rabbi Menachem Posner quote "The Midrash tells us that the staff was passed down from generation to generation and was in the possession of the Judean kings until the First Temple was destroyed" I end up with a question, what is so special about the staff that it had to be passed from generation to generation? I mean Moses was chosen and on the contrary - the staff didnt perform any miracles but God.
Germiston, South Africa
November 6, 2008
Between david and the exile
You write that it is unknown what happened to the staff after the destruction of the Temple. I say, back up a bit. Is anything known about the staff after the times of king david?
April 26, 2007
RE: Artifacts
Many of the artifacts were stolen by the Romans when the 2nd Beis Hamikdash was destroyed. The Roman leader Titus has a sculpture of the takings of the Temple, namely the Menorah, the Shulchan and many great treasures. These are all believed to be hidden in the catacombes of the Vatican to this day. Israel has seeked access to these artifacts but the Church has either denied it or refused access. Do a google search to learn more.

Also, there is some debate about the Menorah that was stolen, since the depiction in Titus' sculpture is innacurate to Jewish tradition.

All based on my memory, take with a grain of salt.
Gershon Fiedler
Chicago, IL