Solomon must decide on the location of the temple: he hesitates, worse, he doubts … he does not know where the Temple will be erected … he has already had foundations excavated, of course. Each time they were swept away by calamities: Flood, earthquake, fire …
Each time Solomon decides for a site, alas, a new catastrophy upsets his choice! Solomon doubts and fears! Imagine, Solomon’s sadness! How should he build the Temple – and where?
But now, one night of insomnia, the king, troubled and thoughtful as usual, wanders through Jerusalem. He arrives, almost inadvertently, at the foot of Mount Moriah.
Weary of his reverie, he leans against the trunk of an olive tree. And he witnesses a strange ballet, a few steps away. A man emerges from the darkness, his arms laden with sheaves of wheat, he deposits them in a field adjacent to the one where he will immediately seek other sheaves, after which he disappears. And then, the amazed king sees another person doing exactly the same thing as the first, but in the opposite direction … Very attached to justice, Solomon thinks he should have these men arrested as thieves. However, the little cricket which always accompanies him on his walks, advises him to wait until the following night.
The next day, at the same place, Solomon observes an even more extravagant scene. This time, the two men laden with sheaves of wheat meet. Instead of insulting or exchanging blows, they fall into each other’s arms. Summoned by the king to explain, they oblige. They are brothers. At the death of their father, they shared his field in two equal parts. One has since married and has three children, while the other has remained single. The latter, considering that with several mouths to feed his brother needs more wheat than he does himself, brings him some by night, in secret, so not to hurt his susceptibility … In contrast, the married brother feels privileged, since his wife and children help him at work. So he decided to share his wheat with his brother, who is struggling alone from morning till night and has to call on workers for the harvest …
Very moved, the king hugs the two brothers in his arms and begs them to sell him their field, the most worthy place where to raise the sanctuary of God!
The foundations were dug right there, where the sheaves of nocturnal wheat were exchanged. This time, no catastrophe disturbed the construction of the Temple!
And so, there is Jerusalem, born around the Temple, born itself from the site of brotherhood! “
(Excerpt from EDIFICE, Masonic Library on the Net) Mount Moriah, the site of fraternity, where each, according to his means, is concerned with the needs of the other … .the site of the first kibbutz, therefore?