Here we have our second, very cool and inspirational story! Esther is very in touch with her Jewish identity. Thank you, Esther!
My parents named me Masha after my grandma Malkah who passed away a few months before I was born. I chose the name Esther myself and had a naming cermony this past summer in the oldest known synagogue in Israel on the top of Masada. I chose the name Esther because I wanted the name to mean something. Esther was a reluctant leader of the Jewish people; she did not seek to change the history, yet rose to the occasion when she realized the great need. I was inspired by her story and wanted to be always reminded that we, as Jews, are intricately connected to our history and thus, share one future. Malkah was my grandmother’s name. Even though I did not get a chance to meet her, I’ve heard that she was a very kind and warm woman, who was sole provider for her 5 small children during the Holocaust while 3 older boys were fighting in the army. I hope to be using my Hebrew name in the future. For now, I still go by my regular name.