Friday, July 19, 2013

About this Book/ Summary

PAYAK is a collection of narratives and reflections by a pious Catholic Christian that evolved from attending an ultra-Orthodox Jewish marriage ceremony in Chareidi Country, the invitation for which was under the auspices of a beautiful friendship with an American-Jewish family.  Mystical insights  accrued which led to the development of the thesis that durable PEACE in one's self, in one's locality and in the world is achievable  through vital piety, the mojo of which is humility.  If every person, place, object and event, no matter how unfamiliar or diverse, is encountered in a stance of openness and innocence, violence in all its permutations can be averted. Holding our differences in reverence can antecede religious literalism.   Communication will be fluent even without words,  appreciation of the dignity of fellow human beings in their local contexts will make cognizant similar needs and longings,  good deeds become the currency of piety,  and every healthy goal will be possible with the audacity of Faith.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Order of the Book

Front Cover with Illustration

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

Table of Blogs, Epigraphs with Illustrations

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Blogs divided by epigraphs with illustrations

Postcript

Glossary

Author Photo Page

Index

Back Page with Illustration

Blogs and Epigraphs with Illustrations

St. Augustine Epigraph with Illustration

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Welcome

Moshe and Noya

The Promise

A Stance of Stillness

Black-and-White Elegance

A Holy Man

"One Who Trembles In Awe of God"

My Own Cherished Dream Came True In Their Life

I  Was Looking For A Balabusta

The Fifth Commandment

The Bachelor's Night

Success and Fast Failures


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CHUPA Epigraph with Illustration

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On the Road to Sacred Vows

The Reception

The Bride

The Most Tender Moment

CHUPA

Wedding Party a la Chareidi

Sheva Brachot

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MLK Jr.  Epigraph with Illustration

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Bracha H'shem, GruB Gott, Pagpalain Ka Ng Maykapal, Ojigi

Ari's Leap Of And To Faith

Promesse D'Amour

A Peaceable Ghost

Are You Religious?

Abraham Joshua Heschel:  My Jewish Saint of Ecumenism

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Leo Tolstoy Epigraph with Illustration

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A Bowl of Mitzvot

Postmodern Incarnation of a Mitzvah

These, I Believe

The Noblesse Oblige of Godliness

The Mojo of Piety

Universal Sacraments

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Goethe Epigraph with Illustration

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Postscript

Glossary