Photo taken in:TallinnYear when photo was taken:2006Country name at time of photo:EstoniaCountry name today:Estonia
That’s me with my aunt Maria Sorokina, my mother's younger sister. Aunt Masha is still alive, she turned 105 recently. I often visit her. The photo was taken in her place in Tallinn in 2006.
I am a retiree now. I have friends. Even if they don’t live close by, we still remain friends. I write to them once in a while. Sometimes they come to see me. We know things about each other and remember past events.
My cousins Irene and Ruth, the daughters of my mother’s younger sister Masha, who is 104 years old now, live in Tallinn. Aunt Masha is a part of my family, a part of my bereft childhood. She is always happy to see me.
Sometimes I go to the Jewish community on holidays. There are interesting events there. For example, recently there was a meeting with the president of Israel. It was very interesting. I often go to the synagogue.
We always mark Jewish holidays at home. I cook gefilte fish the way my mother did, boil chicken, bake strudels and challah. I light candles on Sabbath like my mom did.
I read the Old Testament in Tomsk. I read all of it. I read the Torah from cover to cover. I often reread it and find it engaging. I read the Torah in Russian, not in Ivrit, but the translation is very good. I do it with pleasure and always find something in there which is topical for our times.