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Sofya Tamarkin

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Born in the Soviet Union, Sofya 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.
When I turned on the water, the pipes made a loud, unwelcoming noise, and a brown-looking liquid burst out of the faucet.
Time has passed, and so much has happened since I was a child in Soviet Russia, yet I feel an undeniable connection to this land where so many righteous tzadikim are buried.
I remember the day in September of 1989 when I walked out of my home in Saratov into the unknown future.
Every single event, factor and statistical analysis with absolute certainty would predict my future to be the exact opposite of what it is today.
I somehow knew that my inner worth was much more significant than the treat that was offered.
Why him? From all the people in the crowd, why did the firefighter save my brother-in law?
I knew I wanted more than material abundance; I yearned for meaning and purpose, and I saw Judaism as a manual for a meaningful life with a mission statement.
No one knows how we’ve been able to survive for 2,000 years, scattered among the nations of the world. Yet today there is an undeniable connection between the Jewish people, regardless of their language, background or social status. What kept us together,...
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