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Beth Shalom Messianic Ministries



The Four Species & the Rabbinic Sukkah

Posted by Philip on December 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This was a very brief study that we had in a frame on a table during sukkot 2011. It started a lot of interesting conversations. So we wanted to share it with our online friends.


Halachah, a Hebrew term which literally means ‘the law’, is a series of Rabbinic traditions and customs. There are literally thousands of Rabbinic Halachot (laws), among these are traditions pertaining to the construction of a Sukkah. The Halachos for the Sukkah are basically that the s...

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Posted by Philip on November 28, 2011 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)



Before we begin this study I want to make it very clear to the reader that these theories are just that “theories”. In addition I’d like to inform you that most of these theories are all fairly young. They have been mostly developed during and after the Protestant Reformation and were popularized mostly during the period known as the Great Awakening in the 1800’s. Some of t...

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The Origins of the Christmas Tree

Posted by Philip on November 29, 2010 at 5:42 PM Comments comments (0)

The Origins of the Christmas Tree


Jeremiah 10:1-4

(1) Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

(2) Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

(3) For the customs of the people [are] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

(4) They deck it with silver and with gold; the...

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613 Commandments

Posted by Philip on August 23, 2010 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

1. To know that G-d exists (Ex. 20:2; Deut. 5:6) (CCA1).

2. Not to entertain the idea that there is any god but the Eternal (Ex. 20:3) (CCN8).

3. Not to blaspheme (Ex. 22:27-28), the penalty for which is death (Lev. 24:16).

4. To hallow G-d's name (Lev. 22:32) (CCA5).

5. Not to profane G-d's name (Lev. 22:32) (CCN155).

6. To know that G-d is One, a complete Unity (Deut. 6:4) (CCA2).

7. To love G-d (Deut. 6:5) (CCA3).

8. To fear Him reverently (Deut....

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Origins and Corrections of a Few False Traditions

Posted by Philip on August 15, 2010 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Origins and Corrections of a Few False Traditions


This was originally written as a personal letter.


As you probably know I also enjoy history a great deal, however I’m very cautious not to simply accept everything that every so-called ‘church father’ practiced or taught. Some of these men’s writings were made up and some were not but we really have no way of knowing which is which. My main concern is with what the Bible actu...

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The Evidence of the Holy Spirit

Posted by Philip on August 13, 2010 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (3)

The Evidence of the Holy Spirit


The evidence of the Holy Spirit, the evidence that you have the Holy Spirit is a holy walk with the Creator. It is not that you speak in tongues, as some have incorrectly assumed. Anyone can speak in tongues, which simply means speaking a foreign language. No the evidence is not speaking a foreign language. The evidence is a holy walk, it is keeping Torah. Miraculously speaking in a foreign language that one had not previously known is a sign...

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