Nine years after the Smiths had moved to Palmyra, N.Y. the Jewish Mason Mordecai Manuel Noah reestablished a City of Refuge for the Jewish people of the world in Buffalo, N.Y. which was about 90 miles from the Smiths. The great event was on September 15, 1825. The National Advocate advertised the event calling on Jews world-wide to participate in the founding of this "City of Refuge." What is interesting is that this great ceremony ended up as a Masonic parade and a Masonic ceremony where a cornerstone of Ararat was placed with the inscription "Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God--The Lord is one. ARARAT The Hebrew's Refuge, founded by Mordecai Manuel Noah". The sandstone monument was placed with a Masonic ceremony. The Reverend Addison Searle of the Episcopal Church of St. Paul played a big role in the event. The church ceremonies opened in the Episcopal church led by the Reverend, followed by a Jewish Declaration of Independence, and a call for Jews around the world to gather in the state of New York so that they could enlighten themselves and qualify for a restoration to their ancient heritage. Afterwards, Noah returned to New York City and advertised his reestablishment of the Jewish nation. This strange event seems most odd. Why the Masons in Buffalo went to such lengths for such a ceremony isn't clear, nor is Noah's authority to be a Judge of Israel.56
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