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Sofya Sara Esther Tamarkin

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Born in the Soviet Union, Sofya Sara Esther lives in Philadelphia, runs an orthopedic company, and holds an MBA degree. She teaches Torah, travels the world, and is involved with RAJE (Russian American Jewish Experience) and other outreach organizations. Email Sofya for questions about self-growth and achieving life purpose.
Julia’s diagnosis didn’t discourage her from studying Torah, as well as learning and observing Jewish customs. She believed that each day offers an opportunity to get closer to G‑d, family and friends.
Can you imagine what it was like to meet my savior all those decades later?
As we approach the end of the calendar year, I am often asked, “Why do Soviet Jews buy evergreen trees for New Year’s?”
It’s not often that we learn of the complexity of someone’s circumstances or what role we play in seemingly random occurrences.
Unlike the other people in the waiting room, my husband was attentive to the woman’s plight.
It took many years of detours until I found my destination.
We can count the number of apples on an apple tree, but we can never know how many trees will grow from the seeds hidden in each apple.
There is a particular feeling of delight when situations that start out rocky transform into meaningful and memorable experiences. Such was our trip to Los Angeles in 2008, after being lured into an infamous timeshare presentation where we were awarded a ...
Our lives have been poisoned by fear and anxiety.
One day, as I was washing my grandmother’s hands before eating challah, Svetlana smiled and said that she, too, was Jewish. I was surprised because she often mentioned her Greek Orthodox beliefs and wore a crucifix around her neck.
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