This is a nice reflection on one's family making the decision to 'come to America'. One of my best friends in college was an early 90s Russian immigrant. He too was Jewish so this article really sounded similar to some of his stories. Ilya spoke of how the Soviets lifted the ban on religion, and this created a firestorm of enthusiasm and action by his relatives. To paraphrase him, they crammed thousands of years of Torah study into 10 minute puppet shows.
Happy Hannukah Ilya.