Our Baby’s Name: Yonatan Tsur Weisberg
B”H, the baby and I have been doing well…Thanks so much for all the mazal tovs you sent me! Here’s some thoughts about why we chose the name we chose:
Yonatan was one of the Maccabees. He was a great hero in the years following the Chanukah story, eventually recapturing Jerusalem from the Greeks. He was a brave warrior in the eternal battle of the Jewish people—spreading light to drive away the darkness. Yonatan literally means “G-d gave” and that’s how we feel about our little Yonatan Tsur.
Tsur means “rock.” We chose this name in honor of the late husband of my mother-in-law, Peter Leslie, since Peter also means “rock.” The word “Tsur” also appears in the song we sing after candlelighting, Maoz Tsur. To us, a “tsur” represents strength and integrity. Standing up for truth and goodness– Torah and Hashem– even if the rest of the world is rushing in the other direction. And that is our prayer and hope for our newborn son.
And here’s something else sweet I wanted to share…I just saw that our Chanukah menorahs were featured in the Times of Israel! Ours are the next to last…Chanukah Sameach, JewishMOM!