The Battle Between The Menorah and The Magen David

In this book, The Battle between The Menorah and The Magen David, Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins examines the origin and background of these two symbols of Judaism – the Menorah and the Magen David. He also poses the question of which of these two symbols carries more weight in Jewish life – the Menorah or the Magen David?

In Part One, Elkins examines the Menorah’s connection to the ancient past of the Jewish people, beginning with God’s command in Exodus 25:31-40. The Menorah stood in the Tabernacle of Moses in the desert, as well as in both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

In Part Two, Elkins examines the six-point star that was used by different cultures and how this star evolved into becoming known as “the Jewish Star” – the Magen David.

As part of Elkins’ presentation, he explains how these symbols found an honored place in modern times – one on the flag of the State of Israel, and one on the official emblem of Israel.