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Because of your Brotherly Love.

Posted by Henry on March 4, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Morning Brethern,

I used to visit the Lodge. Because of your brotherly love, Lodge #308 and Logde #124, I was extreamly intrested back then, and even now.  I just wanted to say hello and I hope to come visit when visiting family in miami. I am currently living in Thomasville, Ga and I am affiliated with Lodge #369 as a Fellow Craft Mason. Wish the best to the brethern.

 

 

Brother Henry Flores

State of South Miami Lodge

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on December 23, 2009 at 3:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Brethren:

 

As my term in the East draws nigh it is proper to thank you all for making it remarkably triumphant, each one of you played an integral role and contributed positively to this noticeably successful year.

 

My Brothers, Masonry is alive and well in South Miami Lodge, we have all practiced with diligence the sacred Tenets of our Order. Our Rolls are expanding, Brotherly Love and Affection is strengthening, improvements have been made to our Lodge building from remodeling to entertainment, our web site is a beautiful informative interactive interface, our Masonic Youths are also growing, and we have insured the unimpaired transmission of the most excellent tenets of our institution through our Masonic Education. The benign Genius of our Mystic Art always presided over our Councils and under her sway we acted with a dignity becoming the high moral character of our venerable Fraternity. Visitors from around the world have raved over our Rituals, warmed by our Fellowship and enjoyed our hospitality.

 

Masonic Elections were held in our last Stated Meeting, and it is my privilege to announce that Brother Sergio Perez was elected by the Craft as Worshipful Master for the ensuing year, and accepted the arduous labor associated with this office. Worshipful Master-Elect Perez' compendious knowledge of Masonry will serve the Craft well from the East and his affable demeanor will bolster our Fellowship and Brotherly Love, I look forward to supporting his leadership and vision for our Lodge.

 

Installation of Officers will be held at our Lodge on January 8 at 6:30, open to family and friends. Finally Brethren, Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah and my best wishes for you and your loved ones for the New Year.

 

 

Fraternally,

Sam Salama

Worshipful Master, South Miami Lodge # 308 F&AM.

Are You a Mason?*

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on December 7, 2009 at 9:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Are You A Mason Poem

 

 

This poem was written by Bro. Reverend Dr. Magill, Rector of St. Paul'sChurch in Peru, Illinois.

 

 

It reportedly was written shortly after a lady asked him "Are You a Mason?"

 

It is thought to have been written in the mid to late 1800's.

 

 

"Are You a Mason?

 

 

"I am one of a band, Who will faithfully stand, In the bonds of affection and love; I have knocked at the door, once wretched and poor, And there for admission I stood.

 

 

By the help of a friend, Who assistance did lend, I succeeded an entrance to gain; Was received in the West, By command from the East, But not without feeling some pain.

 

 

Here my conscience was taught, With a moral quite fraught, With sentiments hold and true; The onward I traveled, To have it unraveled, What Hiram intended to do. Very soon to the East, I made my request, And "light" by command did attend; When lo! I perceived, In due form revealed, A Master, and Brother, and Friend.

 

 

For the widow distressed, There's a cord in my breast, For the helpless and orphan I feel: And my sword I could draw, To maintain the pure law, Which the duties of a Mason reveal. Thus have I revealed, (Yet wisely concealed), What the "free and accepted" will know. I am one of a band, Who will faithfully stand, As a Brother, wherever I go.

 

*Courtesy W:. Mitch Lieberman, West Broward Lodge.

DeMolay Degree for Masons

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on September 17, 2009 at 8:59 PM Comments comments (0)

South Miami DeMolay Chapter would like to exemplify the DeMolay Degree to Masons in South Miami Lodge as a token of their appreciation for continuous support.

 

 

This degree, as I was told, depicts the final days in the life of Jacques DeMoaly during the inquisition, and bears striking similarity to the second section of The Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

 

 

So join us on Tuesday September 29 at 7:30 pm at South Miami Lodge for a fun and educational evening. Refreshment will be served at 6:30.

The 4 of July

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on July 4, 2009 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

" We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal: that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights: that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness...

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in general congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent States...And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."*

 

 

 

May America remain loyal to the principles of the Declaration of Independence and apply them to ever widening areas of life.

 

May our country be always free from oppression, persecution, and unjust discrimination; may we overcome religious, racial, and class conflicts.

 

May we learn the art of living together in harmony, and come to appreciate our differences, to reconcile clashing interests, and to help one another achieve harmonious and abundant life.

 

May we acquire and follow the wisdom of our founding fathers.

 

May the resources of our America be utilized for the good of all humanity.

 

May the enterprise of our American people be blessed now and forever more.

Amen.

 

*From The Declaration of Independece.

The Daniel Carter Beard Award

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on May 18, 2009 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (5)

Please see photo in the album section.

 

South Miami Lodge had an open part of our Sateted Meeting on May 12th for the purpose of presentiong Brother William Lee Popham with The Daniel Carter Beard Award.

 

We were graced by the presence of M:.W:.Joe Fleites Grand Master of Masons of Florida, and honored by the surprise visit of W:.M:. and Brethren of Hibiscus Lodge.

 

Brother Popham was nominated by Brother William Sharp of Endeavor Lodge of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Delaware for this award, who flew that night just to attend the presentation. Just to furnish sufficient proof of "how good and pleasant it is for Brethren to dwell together in unity" a Florida Mason nominated by Delaware Brother for a Masonic award from The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

 

The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award is an honor due to the countless Freemasons who practice the ideals of Freemasonry and act as role models to the young men who are part of one of our nation's most outstanding youth organizations. The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Award not only supports the Masonic relationship through the man who brought Scouting to America, but proclaims the integrity of the Freemason who is honored by receiving the award.

 

Freemasonry's relationship with the Boy Scouts started with a Freemason named Daniel Carter Beard. Bro. Beard was made a Mason in Mariner's Lodge No. 67, New York City, NY, and later affiliated with Cornucopia Lodge 563, Flushing, NY. In the late 1800's he founded a male youth program called the "Society of the Sons of Daniel Boone." By 1905, the program had become "The Boy Pioneers." The man who would create the first "Boy Scouts," and be known as its founder, was Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Great Britain. Lord Baden-Powell, who was not a Mason, read of Beard's program and, based on his own military experience, developed what is known as the "Boy Scouts." In 1910, the Boy Scout program came to America when Bro. Beard merged his organization into the "Boy Scouts of America" and became its first National Commissioner.

 

Bro. Beard, known affectionately as "Uncle Dan" by millions of Boy Scouts, worked tirelessly to create the Scouting Program that we know today. He developed the elements of the Scout badge and the Scout uniform, and wrote and illustrated various early publications of the Boy Scouts of America. Bro. Beard exemplified the Masonic ideals throughout the Scouting program.

 

Source: The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Sir Israel Brodie, Chief Rabbi and Freemason

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on May 6, 2009 at 9:02 PM Comments comments (1)

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We are taught that Masonry unites men of every country, sect and opinion and conciliates true friendship among those who might otherwise have remained at perpetual distance, here's a short history of a Rabbi and Mason.

 

The Very Reverend Sir Israel Brodie (1895?1975), Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the British Commonwealth of Nations (1948?65), was an active and energetic Freemason and personified British Jewry at its best.

Israel Brodie, son of Aaron, was born in Newcastle-upon- Tyne on 10 May 1895 and received his primary education at Rutherford College, in the same city. This followed with higher education at Jews? College and University College, London and finally at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1917 Israel Brodie enlisted in the RAF and served as a Jewish Chaplain to the Forces to the end of the war. In 1921 he worked for social services in the East End of London until an opportunity to move to Australia came up.

During Chief Rabbi Dr Joseph Hertz?s visit to Australia in 1921 Rabbi Brodie was recommended and finally appointed to replace Rabbi Dr Joseph Abrahams as chief minister of the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation. He served the community from 1923 to 1937. He was the first President of the Zionist Federation of Australia and New Zealand (ZFANZ) established in 1927 to co-ordinate the activities of the State Zionist Councils of Australia under the patronage of Sir John Monash. In 1937 Rabbi Brodie expressed interest in returning to England which was a disappointing news to congregants in Australia.

The Lodge of Israel in London welcomed him on 25 January 1944 as a visitor and saluted him as a Past Grand Chaplain of the United Grand Lodge of Victoria. Within two years, on 19 November 1946, the year, incidentally, of his marriage to Fanny Levine, a native of Warsaw, he joined the Montefiore Lodge No. 1017, proposed by Bro. Leslie Sober and seconded by Bro. E. Braham.

His advancement to the chair was speedy. He was elected Master in November 1948 and installed at the Café Royal in London in February 1949. He was to visit the Lodge of Israel on several later occasions: on 9 January, 1958 he was received as W Bro the V Rev Israel Brodie, Chief Rabbi and was accompanied by RW Bro Max Seligman, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of Israel. He returned again on 28 April 1960, once more accompanied by Max Seligman, now the MW Grand Master of Israel.

 

By now Israel Brodie had been appointed Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the British Commonwealth of Nations, and it is not surprising that the Montefiore Lodge attendance book for the day, which has eight pages added, lists 466 guests, including 169 Installed Masters.

It reads like a Masonic Who?s Who: the Very Rev. W. Bro. Canon Lancaster, Grand Chaplain; the Very Rev. VW. Bro. Bishop of Woolwich; W. Bro. Nat Gordon, RW Master of Montefiore Lodge No. 753 Glasgow, leading a deputation from Scotland; W. Bro. Saul Taylor, IPM; W. Bro. B. R. Gates and W. Bro. S. Barclay, Past Masters and Bro. I. Hyman, and many other distinguished visitors.

The minutes record Bro Brodie?s active participation in Lodge affairs. His talks and orations were already popular, and as Master, his lecture Four Cardinal Values was particularly well received. At the end of his year as Master, the Lodge presented him with a leather-bound volume of the Summonses issued during his year in office.

 

Sources: MQ magazine, and others.

Abdelkader, Sufi Muslim Saint and Freemason

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on May 6, 2009 at 8:59 PM Comments comments (2)

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Freemasonry can count many extraordinary members in its history, but surely one of the greatest must be Abd El-Kader ? an Algerian nationalist, a Sufi Saint, and a towering figure of nineteenth-century Islam.

Abd El-Kader was born at Guetna near Mascara in Algeria in 1808. He was a descendent of the Prophet Mohammed and by the age of fourteen he memorized the entire Koran. In November 1832 he succeeded his father as Emir of Mascara and henceforth he led a skilful insurgency against the French who had invaded Algeria in July (France occupied Algeria for 132 years). In October 1852, after several years of imprisonment in France, Abd El Kader was exiled to Turkey. Three years later he resettled in Ottoman-controlled Damascus along with his family and a thousand-strong Algerian bodyguard. And it was there, in the ancient Syrian capital, that the Emir would subsequently perform a remarkable deed that not only elevated him to the status of international celebrity, but one that also led him to become a Freemason.

In Damascus, Abd El Kader devoted most of his time to his philosophical and religious studies, and he also established a new Islamic school which employed more than sixty scholars, but when violent rioting erupted in July 1860 he personally intervened with his bodyguard to try and prevent a rampaging mob from massacring the city?s Christians. At some considerable risk to himself and his men, and with the Christian quarter already ablaze, the Emir began rescuing as many Christians as he could, using his own house and lands as a safe refuge. And when the mob demanded that he should hand over all the Christians for execution, he angrily unsheathed his sword and ordered them to disperse, or otherwise his guards would open fire. Reluctantly, the mob backed down and, as a result, an estimated 12000-15,000 Christians were saved.

News of his actions reverberated around the world and he was feted by several governments and associations, one of which was the Parisian-based Henry IV Lodge (registered with the Grand Orient of France) who, on 16 November 1860, wrote to the exiled Emir and congratulated him on his brave and tolerant act; they also enclosed a jewel inscribed with his name as a token of their heartfelt admiration. The Emir was evidently moved by their letter and on 27 January 1861 he replied and thanked the brothers for their ?noble? sentiments and expressed a wish to join their fraternity.

What greater honor can excel the love of man for mankind? [he wrote] ? If there were no love in us, would we belong to a right religion? Of course not. Love is the unique foundation. God is the God of all: we must, therefore, love this All.

Accordingly, in July 1861, the officers of the Henry IV Lodge wrote again to Abd El-Kader and this time enclosed the traditional questions put to potential members. Two months later they received his reply, which included some remarkable responses to their questions. Regarding man?s duty to his fellow man, the Emir wrote: he must advise them, ? show respect to the elderly, be kind to children, ? not be jealous, do good and resist evil. All religions rest on two foundations: the first one consists in glorifying God, the second one in being good to His creatures.

?All men?, he mused, ?come from one soul that became manifest under different aspects?, and this ?universal soul? ? ?is like the center of the circle, and the particular souls like the circle.? ?Man?, he continued, ?must also take into account the rights of the body ? to neglect the body and expose it to death is one of the greatest sins and a way to oppose one?s Creator and the wisdom of the Most High.? ? the perfection of man?s condition is to know truth in oneself, and to practice it.

On 18 June 1864, at nine in the evening, the Abd El Kader was finally initiated in the Lodge of the Pyramids (Grand Orient of France) in Alexandria, during a sojourn in Egypt. During the ceremony he was informed that Freemasonry did not advocate any particular worship, only in God, and that everyone was ?free to believe, according to his convictions?.

He was also told informed that Freemasonry was dedicated to the ?propagation of universal morals and the practice of benevolence? and that a true mason is someone who ?makes his heart a pure temple so that the divine spirit takes pleasure in it?; ?Nobody more than you?, he was told, ?illustrates a truer brother?. The Emir then received the second and third degree, before the lodge was finally closed at midnight.

On 30 August he did manage to attend a special meeting of the Henry IV Lodge in Paris and talk to his new brothers in person. After witnessing an initiation, the Emir was asked about the future of Freemasonry in the Middle East. Answering, he explained that the society was misunderstood and mistrusted in the region, and that before he had read the Order?s statutes he too had ?shared the same opinions?.

?But?, he added, ?after having looked further into its goals and its laws, I was convinced that it is the most admirable institution in the world.?

His words were received with loud applause and he was then presented with a diploma which confirmed the ranks that he had received in Alexandria.

Sadly, little further is known about the Emir?s involvement with the craft, although it is known that three of his sons subsequently joined lodges registered with the United Grand Lodge of England.

Abdelkader died and burried in Damascus in 1883, his remains later exhumed and transported to Algeria after independence from France (1962).

 

Sources: Freemasnry Today magazine.

The Lambskin Apron

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on May 4, 2009 at 8:57 AM Comments comments (2)

 

by Brother D. L. Clements - 1917

 

The white leather apron is more ancient by far

Than the eagles of Rome, a symbol of war,

Or the fleece of pure gold by emperors given,

A rich decoration for which many have striven.

 

 

The Garter of England, an Order most rare,

Although highly prized, cannot with it compare;

It is an emblem of innocence symboled in white,

And purity ever brings the greatest delight;

With pure thoughts and actions how happy the life

How care-free the conscience, unclouded by strife.

 

 

No Potentate ever can upon us bestow

An honor so great as this apron doth show;

No king on his throne in his highest estate

Can give us an emblem so cherished or great;

'Tis the Badge of a Mason more noble to wear

Than the gold of a mine or the diamond most rare.

 

So here's to the lambskin the apron of white,

That lifts up all equals and all doth unite,

In the Order so ancient that man cannot say

When its teachings began or name its birthday.

 

 

Since its birth, nations young have gone to their tomb

And cities once great turned to ashes and gloom;

Earth's greatest achievements have long passed away

And peoples have risen and gone to decay.

 

 

Outliving all these never changing with time

Are the principles taught in our order sublime.

And now my good brother this apron's for you,

May you worthily wear it and ever be true

To the vows you have made to the lessons most grand

For these, home and country, we ever will stand.

From The President

Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (1)

“We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it changed for the better; so I trust it will again.

 

If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times.”

 

 

- George Washington


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