The Jews may have formed fraternities early on, but by the time Christianity came to Europe, many fraternities morphed into “trade guilds”, which Jews were then excluded from, which is why many Jews have become proficient in occupations like banking and finance. But, a secret society, like the Order of Masons could have been a way for them to belong to a fraternity, especially if other Jews were already enmeshed into them for centuries. You can make a long list of similarities between some ancient Hebrew rituals and Masonic rituals. It’s an interesting topic, especially when the beginning of Masonry is associated with the Knights Templar, attributed to creating the world’s first banking system. The Knights Templar also began in Jerusalem when they occupied King Solomon’s Temple. The Mason’s headquarters in London has huge murals on the walls containing menorahs and other Jewish and Middle Eastern icons. If you are ever in London, make a visit to the Masonic Grand Lodge.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:
Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222
Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X