What our generation needs to learn from parashat Noach

The Book of Genesis, Bereshit, Chapter 6, teaches us that mankind had reached a great degree of violence and corruption. It was that great that HaShem intended to destroy His Creation.

However, one man named Noach, who was a tsaddik, found grace in the Almighty’s eyes.

Noach walked with HaShem, so Noach and his family were spared from the flood.




Any individual can make a difference



 וְנֹחַ, מָצָא חֵן בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה


But Noach found grace in the eyes of HaShem ( Bereshit, 6:8). The Torah uses this hebrew expression “matza chen beinai HaShem’. The Almighty favors Noach because of his righteousness.

Your attitude, your kindness, your willingness to accomplish HaShem’s will are going to make a whole difference in the middle of a corrupt generation.



Rabbi Yeshua tells us that we are the salt of the earth. 

The salt gives savor to our dishes. The salt also prevents from decay.


We must watch our thoughts and actions daily. We must show the example to a corrupt society. We have to do our best to follow Yeshua’s blameless example in his conduct.






No matter how much you are surrounded by evil and corruption, you always DO have a choice in your way of acting. It is your responsability to refuse to condone evil practices.


You are totally FREE either to serve HaShem or to follow the customs of the world.

The contemporary world has become far more dangerous than in the days of Noach. A lot of evil is nowadays presented as harmless, especially to the younger generation, that often lack discernment.



A punishment according to the nature of the sin





Usually water and rain are a symbol of blessing from Heavens. The hebrew word rain, geshem, contains the word HaShem partly. If you read Israel’s history, you will see how many times Israel was blessed through rain, especially in times of draught.

Water, mayim, is a symbol of life. Whoever possessed a well in ancient times was considered to be a rich man.


So why does HaShem decide to punish the generation of Noach with water?


Rabbi Alon Anava from Tsfat gives us some detailed elements of response in his video about parashat Noach.



Never again. But watch yourselves!


“This is like the days of Noach to me: as I swore that the waters of Noach should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you , and will not rebuke you.” Isaiah 54:9


HaShem, in  His immense goodness, promised never to destroy mankind again through floods.

However, mankind keeps testing HaShem more than ever before. Sin is increasing nowadays and is even glorified by some people.

I am telling each and everybody to be very watchful of our times.


Nobody believed Noach when he was speaking of the upcoming flood and building his ark.

In the same way, you will find many mockers when you will warn people about Yeshua’s second coming.

Be careful, not to be taken by surprise on the very day of His return.

Do not speculate about the day or the hour, rather work in constant Teshuva on correcting your ways.


Yeshua will be returning at a time very few will believe in His return.


Do not be fooled. This world with its evil customs is meant to pass. Make Yeshua your main priority.


© 2017 by Isabelle Esling

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He tabernacled among us: Yeshua’s obvious link with the Festival of Sukkoth

“And the Dvar (word) HaShem took on gufanyiut ( corporealty) and made his mishkan (tabernacle)  among us an we gazed upon his Kavod ( glory), the Shechinah ( cloud of glory) of the Ben Yachid from Elohim haAv, full of HaShem’s chesed ( compassion) v’ Emes ( truth).”

          Yochanan, OJB, verse 1:14





(John) Yochanan’s Gospel transcribed in a Jewish context, like in the Orthodox Jewish Bible version will enlighten details one would not even be able to notice. It is very important to understand the very Jewish concepts that come out in Yochanan’s text.




What is Sukkoth about?

Leviticus 23:41-43: ” You are to observe it as a feast to HaShem seven days in the year; it is a permanent regulation, generation after generation, kept in the seventh month. You are to live in sukkoth for seven days; every citizen of Israel is to live in a sukkah to that generation after generation of you will know that I made the people of Israel live in sukkoth when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.”


The celebration of Sukkoth usually takes place on the 15th of Tishrei (usually between late September and late October, depending on the year.) The feast, that lasts 7 days, strongly contrasts with the preceding one, Yom Kippur, that is about repentance and forgiveness.


Sukkoth is the essence of JOY. 

“For seven days you are to celebrate in the presence of the Lord your God at the place where the Lord will choose; for the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in everything you do, and your joy will be complete.” Deuteronomy 16: 15


For seven days you are to celebrate in the presence of the LORD your God at the place where the LORD will choose; for the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in everything you do, and your joy will be complete.



Sukkot customs: “arba minim”: the four species

The four spieces used during Sukkoth are:

-etrog ( a big lemon)

-hadas ( myrtle)

-lulav ( date palm)

-aravah ( willow)

These four types of species represent the four types of Jewish people. They are bound together symbolically, meaning that we need all of them.

The etrog, this huge lemon, has both: flavor and taste. It stands for the Jew who studied Torah and who is loving in his actions.

Hadas, the myrtle smells good, so it has a taste, but you wouldn’t be able to eat it. It symbolizes the person with good deeds, but who is deprived of wisdom.

Lulav, the date palm, is edible, yet has no smell. It represents a person filled with wisdom, but who lacks good deeds.

Finally, aravah, the willow tree, has zero taste and zero smell, so it refers to a person with no Torah study and no good actions.

The Gospel of John, Chapter 7 pictures Yeshua during Sukkoth

“Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of Salvation “( Isaiah 12:3)
וּשְׁאַבְתֶּם-מַיִם, בְּשָׂשׂוֹן, מִמַּעַיְנֵי, הַיְשׁוּעָה

Once again, it is very important that we read Yochanan, John, in context.

The Gospel of John has often been wrongly used by antisemites to spread their hateful views against Jewish people, especially because the recurrent term that appears in John’s text are ” the Jews”…”the Jews” seem to always oppose Yeshua. Many people have understood that “the Jews” were actually Yeshua’s enemies.

Let us think logically. Yochanan, Yeshua’s disciple is a Jew. Yeshua our Messiah Himself is a Jew. So why would Yochanan attack the “Jews” in his gospel? It would be like self-stabbing and it doesn’t make sense, right?

The explanation lies in the mistranslation of the term “Jews”…Yochanan did not speak of the Jews, he spoke of the Judeans, the inhabitants of Judea as opposed to the Galileans.

Each time you come across a translated text that says “the Jews” replace the expression by the Judeans and you will see that it truly makes sense.

Do not forget that in John 7, Yeshua traveled from Galilee and came to Judea to secretly celebrate Sukkoth.

“After these things Yeshua went into the land of Galil, continually passing through. For he did not desire to walk into Yehudah since the “Yehudim” (Judeans) were seeking to pu him to death.  The festival of the Yehudim was drawing near-the Festival of Sukkoth.

His brothers said to him,

Arise and go from there to the land of Yehudah, so that your disciples may also see the deeds that you do. For no one who wants to be known does a thing in secret. If you are doing things like this, be shown to the world!

For even his brothers did not believe in him. ” Yochanan  7:1-5, Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels



The Judeans are suspicious about Yeshua. Their intentions to kill Him are quite clear. Yochanan is telling us that even Yeshua’s brothers did not believe in Him. ( However, at some point, Yaakov and Yehudah, both brothers of Yeshua, became believers…maybe it was post resurrection…)


The Judeans knew that Yeshua was very observant in His practice. They sought Him. 

People were speaking about Yeshua, whether in good or in bad, but always secretly, because they all feared the religious establisment. 


His brothers preceded Yeshua who stayed in the Galil.

The Galil, near Migdal..I took this picture last September, on the way to Tsfat. This picture is subject to copyright. Please ask before using it. Thanks.


Yeshua came halfway through the Festival. Our rabbi offered His teachings in the Temple and, well, the Judeans were amazed at His wisdom.

“Halfway through the festival, Yeshua went up to the Temple and taught. The Yehudim were amazed an said: “How has he become such a scholar not having studied?” Yochanan, Chapter 7, verse 14, Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels


In John, Chapter 7, people start questioning if Yeshua is the Messiah.

“Some of the people who lived in Yerushalayim said: ‘Is this not the one they sought to kill? Here he is speaking in public, and they do not reprimand him. Surely our leaders know that  this is the Maschiach! But when the Maschiach comes, no one will know where he is from.”  Yochanan 7:25-27

I never paid attention to this verse, but a more attentive examination of it allows me to understand that it mixes a statement of faith ( this is the Maschiach) and an expression of doubt ( but when the Maschiach comes, no one will know where he is from).



Yeshua’s link with Simchat beit hashoeivah



What is Simchat beit hashoeivah or the Joyous Water drawing ceremony?


The Joyous Water drawing ceremony is deeply linked with Salvation. You will understand why.


The Jewish custom is for priests to leak living water onto the altar during the six days of the festival while people would join in prayers, reciting the verse of Psalm 118:25:


“We beseech you Lord, save now”


אָנָּא יְהוָה, הוֹשִׁיעָה נָּא;    אָנָּא יְהוָה, הַצְלִיחָה נָּא

During these 6 days people will stand in circle around the altar. They would hold their palms in their hands and sing the verse mentioned above.  On the 7th day of the festival, the worshippers would prepare for the final libation, staying around the altar and shaking their palms while generating a sound of wind and water.


These rituals symbolize the accomplishment of Isaiah’s words:


 וּשְׁאַבְתֶּם-מַיִם, בְּשָׂשׂוֹן, מִמַּעַיְנֵי, הַיְשׁוּעָה


Isaiah 12:3


Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of Salvation 

To check it more in depth, I invite you to explore the following link.



“On the last, great day of the festival, Yeshua stood  and called out, saying: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” Yochanan 7:37 Hebrew Delitzsch Gospels


Note that, by making the following statement, Yeshua declares that He is the Source of the Living Water.”

The Living Water is the promise for Messianic times. When Yeshua is making this solemn declaration, He is revealing publicly that He IS the Messiah.


This raises, of course, a big controversy within the religious establisment.


Naqdimon, Yeshua’s secret disciple and ally from the Sanhedrin, takes His defense:

“Does our Torah judge a man before investigating to know what he has done?” Yochanan 7:51


Yeshua’s detractors think that the Messiah cannot come from Galilee.

Their opinion is due partly to the ignorance of Isaiah’s prophecies that point at the “Galil of the nations” and also to their ignorance of  Yeshua’s place of birth : Bethlehem.


וְאַתָּה בֵּית-לֶחֶם אֶפְרָתָה, צָעִיר לִהְיוֹת בְּאַלְפֵי יְהוּדָה–מִמְּךָ לִי יֵצֵא, לִהְיוֹת מוֹשֵׁל בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל; וּמוֹצָאֹתָיו מִקֶּדֶם, מִימֵי עוֹלָם 

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:1

Rejoice, for Yeshua is the Source of Eternal Life.

May He bring Salvation to the whole nation of Israel and to all who are willing to repent and receive it with humble hearts.

Amen

© 2017 by Isabelle Esling

The secret of the closed mem and the hidden Messiah


If you are reading translated versions of the Bible, you will miss some very important and often capital points. Reading  the Torah and Tanach in Hebrew language will facilitate your understanding of the text in the specific context it was born into. Moreover, studying Jewish thought, especially of ancient times, is mandatory if you want to access the secrets the Word contains.



Closed mem=closed womb


Each Hebrew letter is called oth, which means sign and/or miracle. Each letter has been placed into the texts you are reading for a reason that goes beyond the word itself. In each letter there is a meaningful symbolism that needs to be decrypted.

But, especially when you come across abnomalies inside of a text such as an oversized lamed, a broken vav or a closed mem, you should grant it much attention. It surely contains a secret from Heavens.


Isaiah, Chapter 9, verse 7 shows us a very weird closed mem inside of a word, which is something that should not happen…the usual rule would be to place an open mem inside of a word, so why is there a closed mem inside of Isaiah’s scroll? Did the scribe make a mistake? Knowing the strict rules that scribes had to abide regarding writing and copying a text,  this is very unlikely.

So if this is not due to a mistake, we can conclude that the presence of the closed mem was intentional.


We know from ancient sources that the closed mem points at a closed womb and also represents a masculine element. The Targum, the Aramaic translation of Scriptures points at the closed mem in Isaiah as the hidden Messiah.



Hidden and twisted by Rome


If Yeshua ben Yosef was the promised Maschiach, why didn’t He reveal His true ID immediately?



There are several reasons to that:

  • in the 1st century, the time was not ready for Israel to welcome the Messiah. Like in Yosef’s story, Yeshua was ” sold out” by his brothers and rejected, so the gentile nations could embrace Him.
  • however, due to the estrangement from Jewish communities, the image of the Hebrew Messiah has been completely distorted and perverted by Rome. His real Name, his date of birth and many details have been changed to match pagan customs and pagan divinities such as Ishtar or Tammuz.
  • this totally explains why many Jewish people mistake Yeshua for a “goy” because they are confused with Rome’s  made-up pagan character.
  • after 2000 years of lies and distortions from the pagan world, Yeshua will be given back to Israel. A lot of contemporary events tend to prove that we have reached these times. A lot of rabbis and Jewish people are coming to faith in Yeshua, simply by investigating Torah and Tanach. I firmly believe that we are in Messianic times now.
  • The encounter-time of truth when Yeshua will encounter His brothers( when they will realize that Maschiach ben David is the same person that the One who has been hanged on the tree and crucified), they will fear Him and weep bitterly, as the prophecy of Zechariah announces it clearly in Chapter 12, verse 10. They will expect Yeshua’s anger, but He will hug them and console them.

Other reasons for Maschiach ben Yosef being hidden:

– Moschiach Melech will not boast about His deeds. He will walk humbly.

This explains why Yeshua would tell evil spirits to shut up about His ID ( Mark 6).

Yeshua is revealed in Shomron ( Samaria) and rejected by His own peers in Nazareth.

-The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 8, verses 28 and 29 teach us that insights about the Messiah come from the Ruach, the Spirit of HaShem. Therefore, Shim’on Kepha would utter the truth about Yeshua.

Yeshua’s virgin birth

לָכֵן יִתֵּן אֲדֹנָי הוּא, לָכֶם–אוֹת:  הִנֵּה הָעַלְמָה, הָרָה וְיֹלֶדֶת בֵּן, וְקָרָאת שְׁמוֹ, עִמָּנוּ אֵל.

The verse of Isaiah 7:14 in Hebrew has been the subject of many controversies and disputes.

The Hebrew part that is underlined in red says ” hine haalma, hara beyoledet ben.”, which means ” the young woman shall conceive and bear a son”.

  1. The first objection that is often used lies in the use of ” alma”, young woman instead of “betulah”, virgin.  One may be tempted to ask: ” Why didn’t prophet Isaiah use “virgin” straight away?”. Well, the word ” alma” in Isaiah’s precise context, depicts a young, unmarried lady, who happens to be a virgin. All young Israeli women who were unmarried at this time were virgins, due to their strict education in conformity with Torah.
  2.  The second objection is that the prophecy was aimed solely at King Hezekiah. I don’t think that this objection is valid, because the same prophecy can sometimes be applied to different situations and in different centuries. Some Talmudic sources ( Sanhedrin 94a) seem to indicate that the Messiah is HaShem’s secret ( for more info, check the interesting resource provided by Walter Christopher Frederickson in the “Rabbinic Gospel of Mark, footnote p.108)
  3. Yeshua’s mom’s name is Miryam “מרים “. Her name contains both letters, the open and the closed mem. It begins with the open mem and ends with the closed mem.

Let us pray that Yeshua the Hebrew Messiah will be revealed to His Jewish brothers as the fulfillment to all promises to Israel.

Come soon, Yeshua. Amen.



© copyright 2017 by Isabelle Esling

Fragments of life and captured moments ( from the draft ‘ Figments of Light”)

Here I am, sitting at my client’s balcony, at the 5th floor, in the heart of Paris.

We are in the middle of our French lesson. My client suddenly makes a remark about the infinity of possibilities in life. « Anything can happen any time; anything is possible. »

We are sitting so close to the sky of Elohim, so close to the clouds. I glance at the sky and my heart is in total agreement with my client’s statement. We smile at each other. I feel the excitement of the unknown and a renewed love for a life of wondrous infinite possibilities. Joy is increasing inside of my heart.

I know that what I thought of as impossible, Yeshua will break into a possibility for me.

What a wonderful day. My Lord is with me, reminding me constantly of His might.

Sometimes I am also dealing with unwanted situations. Sometimes I overreact in the face of some enemies in a way I know Yeshua deeply dislikes. I feel guilty about my incapacity to love my enemies in front of my beautiful Savior.

I sometimes feel that a situation is not meant to evolve into a good way.

I am addressing to my Beloved : « Yeshua, please give me a word of encouragement ! »

I open my Bible and here I read :

« If you turn from evil and do good,
you will live safely forever.

 For Adonai loves justice
and will not abandon his faithful;
they are preserved forever.
But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.

 The righteous will inherit the land
and live in it forever.
 The mouth of the righteous articulates wisdom,
his tongue speaks justice.
 The Torah of his God is in his heart;
his footsteps do not falter.

The wicked keeps his eye on the righteous,
seeking a chance to kill him.
But Adonai will not leave him in his power
or let him be condemned when judged.
 Put your hope in Adonai, keep to his way,
and he will raise you up to inherit the land.

When the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
 I have seen a wicked man wielding great power,
flourishing like a shade tree in its native soil.

 But I passed by again, and he was no longer there;
I looked for him, but he could not be found. 

Observe the pure person, consider the upright;
for the peaceful person will have posterity.
 But transgressors will all be destroyed;
the posterity of the wicked will be cut off.

 Adonai is the one who saves the righteous;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
 Adonai helps them and rescues them,
rescues them from the wicked and saves them;
because they take refuge in him. »

Psalm 37, verses 27 to 40

These verses resonated in me. I understood that Yeshua was encouraging me not to give up, and to avoid the temptation to render evil for evil.

My Lord understands my stumbling points and never lets me down.

This evening I said : « Yeshua, I love you ». I glanced at the wall and Yeshua let my eyes contemplate His holy Face. A little bit of Yeshua’s hair is visible, despite the veil on His head. Yeshua disappears from my sight as fast as He came to me and I am thinking : « Yeshua vanished from my sight ». Maybe it is the expression of a little disappointment, maybe Yeshua is sensitive to my very thought, because in the next moment, as I am glancing at the wall, once again, I can distinguish my rabbi’s traits in some intense light. His eyes have an solemn expression of seriousness, but they are full of kindness. My King is there, before me. I glance at my rabbi’s beard before His beautiful Face leaves the scene.

I have just been granted a seventh visitation. Praised be my beautiful Lord !


Copyright© by Isabelle Esling

Messiah Yeshua’s application of the “pikuach nefesh” principle

People who didn’t grow up into Jewish culture often fail to understand the Gospels in their true context. If you want to study the Bible properly, it is mandatory to learn the culture and the language, in order to avoid huge misunderstandings.

Christianity often stated that “Yeshua abolished the Law, the Torah”, which is completely wrong ( see Matthew 5:17).

Moreover Yeshua is often presented a “Shabbat breaker/basher”, which is totally untrue again.

This may be a shocker to some people, but Yeshua didn’t come to start a new doctrine called “Christianity”.


Rabbi Yeshua applied Torah, because He is Jewish!


After reading this article, you will understand that rabbi Yeshua’s application of the Torah is orthodox. A Jewish orthodox rabbi who is Torah-savvy would do the same in our contemporary world.



Yeshua opposes to the Pharisees whose rigid practice often excludes compassion. When Yeshua seemingly breaks a rule, especially during Shabbat, it is NOT to profane Shabbat, but rather to apply a specific halachic rule called ” pikuach nefesh”פיקוח נפש“.


What exactly is “pikuach nefesh”? How does one apply it?


Torah references: Leviticus 18:5 ” You shall therefore keep my statutes…which if a man do, he shall live by them”

Talmudic reference from the Babylonian Talmud: ” That he shall live by them, and not that he shall die by them.” ( Yoma 85b)


When facing a matter of life and death or each time life should be preserved, Shabbat laws are to be adjourned.


The reason why I am adding a talmudic reference is that I am convinced that not only did Yeshua know Torah perfectly, but He was also very much aware of the application of oral laws back in the first century. The Talmud only has bad press among the people who don’t understand its purpose and who misinterpret some of its words. It is often stated that the Talmud contains bad words about a “Yeshu” who was condamned for sorcery and who is said to have had 4 disciples. This is not Yeshua of Nazareth. Yeshua of Nazareth was known to have 12 disciples and the motives of his condemnation was blasphemy because He quoted Daniel 7:13 and 14 and stated that He was Ben Elohim.


Rabbi Yeshua and “pikuach nefesh”



There are many examples of rabbi Yeshua’s application of “pikuach nefesh” on Shabbat.

One must be very careful in interpreting the Gospel text. Somebody who is not familiar with the Hebrew context may think that Yeshua “broke” or “profaned” Shabbat, which is totally untrue.

Because of His perfect knowledge of Torah in the detail, Yeshua can oppose the Pharisee’s rigid practice, that so often lacks compassion.

Back in the 1st century, Yeshua is very likely to have objected to the Pharisees: “ze pikuach nefesh”, this is pikuach nefesh ( and I am entitled to do it!)


Yeshua favors life and doing good on the holy day of Shabbat. He restores what is sick and broken.


By checking the following resource, you will understand that Yeshua exactly did what was commanded ( the rule of pikuach nefesh) in cases of illness or life threatening conditions during Shabbat.



“He passed on from there to their synagogue. A man was there whose hand had withered. In order to find wrongful words to hold against Him, they asked him: “Is it permitted to heal on Shabbat?”

He said to them:

“Is there a person among you with a sheep, that if it were to dall into a cistern on Shabbat, you would not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more precious is a man than a sheep! Therefore, it is permitted to do good on Shabbat.”


He said to the man, ” Stretch out your hand”. He stretched it out, and it was healed and returned to being like his other hand.


Then the Prushim ( Pharisees) left and deliberated about how to destroy Him.


( Matthew 12: 9-14)



John Chapter 9, verses 1 to 38 depict the healing of a man born blind on Shabbat, which of course, provokes a lot of animosity among the Pharisees, who describe Yeshua as a person who desacrates Shabbat. But then again, some others declare that nobody can do such otioth ( signs) if he is not sent from Above. 


Please note: not all the Pharisees step up against Yeshua. They are actually divided about Him.


I won’t expand on this chapter, as it is quite complex, but I suggest that you read the story from the Orthodox Jewish Bible and from the English Standard Version (ESV).


There are so many other examples of Yeshua applying the rule of “pikuach nefesh”. John, Chapter 5 describes the miraculous healing of a sick man who had been plagued for 38 years at the pool of Beit-Chasda. 


Verse 18 in the Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels posed me a problem, because it states that Yeshua ” profaned” the Shabbat, but then I realized that John placed the reader in the perspective of the Pharisees. It is essential that you remember this point, because a misinterpretation of  Gospel verses led a lot of people ( including horrible nazi propaganda minister Goebbels) into antisemitic thought.

Yeshua cannot go against His own kinsmen and let me tell you that Yeshua was there when people eliminated them. Yeshua has been to the depth of horrors and suffering Himself and He would never discard His own people.



Points to remember:

  • Rebbe Melech Moschiach Yeshua is addressed as ” rabbi”, because this is what He is. Yeshua has been raised as a practicing Jew. His words have to be understood into context, otherwise you will miss the point.
  • Yeshua does not break Shabbat! He applies the rule of “pikuach nefesh” to bring relief to the sick and to save lives, as it is prescribed in Torah. When He appears to be breaking Torah, the Gospel writer exposes this from the Pharisees’ angle.
  • Yeshua’s followers are Jewish, most of the people backing Him are Jewish. Most of His opponents come from the religious establishment in Jerusalem. The crowds, especially in Galilee, love Him!
  • Yeshua did not create a new “doctrine”, but always showed people how to apply Torah perfectly with much compassion. From a Christian point of view, Yeshua discards Torah with a very relaxed approach-this point of view is very misleading about our Messiah’s intent! While Yeshua is very compassionate and forgiving, He always asks people to comply with what Moshe said and also, to stay away from sin.




© 2017 by Isabelle Esling