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Engineering, Computers, Writer

North York

Where is your family from?

My family comes from Dagestan. I was born in the town of Buinaksk (Temir-Khan-Shura), located by the river Shura-Ozen, in the mountains of Dagestan. In the second half of the 19th century, a majestic synagogue was built in Buinaksk, modeled after a famous synagogue in Kaunas. Many Jews from the city and surrounding area would gather there, and it became not only a hotbed of spiritual enlightenment, but also a Jewish religious center. In the last 20-30 years, due to the mass emigration of Jews, one of the largest and strongest of the Jewish communities of the North Caucasus basically ceased to exist.

I am interested in the history of my ancestors and of the community. In order to preserve it for future generations, I started collecting material for the publication of a book titled "Horska Community of Temir-Khan-Shura." I was able to collect interesting material about the first rabbis and representatives of the community (although it was not easy). I wrote a few articles that were subsequently published. Recently my first book, "Labyrinths Destinies,” was published. It is based on the true story of the life of the Jews in the area, who lived there since ancient times. For many centuries they lived as aliens among mountaineers, and subsequently they became known as Mountain Jews.

My primary occupation now is my sketches of everyday life of the Jewish communities of the Caucasus and a description of their age-old traditions that helped them survive the harsh years of constant persecution. Wandering in the maze of the fate of the heroes of the book, I try to convey to the reader their experiences and thoughts, the suffering and the intolerable pain that they had to undergo while constant wandering around the world. The book's title, ”Mazes of Fate,” speaks for itself; it really is the fate of my heroes’ mazes and labyrinths of the fate of my people. This my first book and I dedicated it to the memory of my dear grandparents Shimriilya and Turi Tsidkilovyh-Pisahova, whose legacy continues in their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Why did you choose to live in North York?

We chose this area because many of our fellow countrymen moved
here, and they suggested that we join them.

What do you do in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?

I attend Torah classes, write stories and articles, and collect material for the publication of my book. In addition, I enjoy taking an active part in social activities - I am the deputy president of the Toronto Community Center of Caucasian Jews, a leaders of a women's organization, and the director of programs for women and children. I also participate in conferences and congresses of Mountain Jews in the United States and Israel. I served as a delegate to the General Assembly of the World Congress of Russian Jewry, as well as the Congress of Mountain Jews, which took place in the Knesset in May, 2008.

If you were given the opportunity to meet anyone, who would you choose?

I would like to speak with Ruth, the great-grandmother of King David. She was a wise woman. Despite the burden of fate, the difficulties did not break her, and did not hardened her heart. She faithfully followed her beliefs.