In a few places, the Torah seems to imply that Aharon had his own stick. Some examples:

Shmot 7:9 "Tell Aharon take your stick..."

verse 10 "... Aharon cast his stick..."

verse 12 ... "Aharon's stick swallowed their sticks"

Is this the way to translate it, that Aharon possessed his own stick, or is it that when he used Moshe's stick, it was as if it were his own?

  • I've always read that as Moshe's staff, but I can't source that assumption. If I find anything, I'll post an answer. – MTL Jan 13 '15 at 4:18
  • @Shokhet - my assumption, too, until I thought it over. I may be over analyzing. – DanF Jan 13 '15 at 4:19
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    He was 83. Wouldn't surprise me if he had a stick. – Double AA Jan 13 '15 at 4:43
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    @DoubleAA on the other hand, his brother Moshe was not of impaired health when he was 120. – Monica Cellio Jan 13 '15 at 4:48
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    Korach,Mateh Ahron – sam Jan 15 '15 at 2:02

According to varius meforshim (such as Rabbi Sorotzkin, Rav Hirsch, etc) all shepherds had their own staffs. Also, a staff was a symbol of authority and every major person had his own. See the statement by Yaakov or Yehudah and Tamar as an example.

The magicians also had their own staffs as well which they used when performing magic (as when Moshe and Aharon first came to Par'o).

This was also stated in that way to show that there was nothing "magical" about the staffs, as opposed to what the magicians tried to convince everyone. Even nowadays we have stage magicians using a "magic wand" to perform their tricks.

Rav Hirsch Va'eira 7:19

Your staff, not the staff of Moses, the implement does not matter, there is no magic in the staff, it was Hashem's action.

UPDATE @Danny Schoemann suggested that I incorporate the answer from Did Aaron's staff turned into a snake or a crocodile? into this answewr. There we see that Aharon specifically threw down his staff to turn into a "tanin" at the initial confrontation with Par'o. There again we see that the particular staff itself did not matter.

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