I am Zsombor Péter Novák, my nickname is Zsombito. This website contains personal stories and interviews in order to find answers to the following topics: religion and spirituality, life and occupation, tabus.
I was born in an atheist family in 1993. As per our family tradition, I was preparing to have a career as a professional athlete. These plans changed when I was 17 years old and spent a year in Ecuador as an exchange student. In the South American country I could join the rituals of indian tribes and I discovered the rainforest with indigenous people while a machete was hanging on my side. At the very same time I had to study in a Catholic private school where we had to pray to Jesus on a daily level. This is how I met with religion.
However, the search for my path started after my arrival home. My environment thought that I shouldn´t take religion seriously and that the cultural differences are insolvable. These opinions and the happy religion that I experienced in Latin America pushed me to be even more determined, so I studied Catholic divinity for three years before I catholicized. A few years later I came across Judaism which was love at first sight. I deepened my knowledge in the Budapest University of Jewish Studies, where I graduated as an eclesiastic community organizer in 2020. As my field of research I choose the topic of the Jewishness of Jesus and the diplomatic relationship between the Vatican and Judaism.
During my adventures I met with very different social classes: I lived between the rich, where I could go to the street only with a guard and bulletproof car. Thanks to my connections I also could spend time in slums, where band members are walking on the streets with machine guns. I worked on several cultural projects where I experienced that the labels of society take over the soul of the individuals. From time to time I also did physical work, where I had the chance to learn about the mentality of people who are often looked down by society, even nowadays. Outside of what social roles we identify ourselves with, my other big interest is to define what is actually humanity's job in this world.
Because of my open minded attitude, I often find myself out of my comfort zone. I can see the damaging effects of lies, egoism and bad will, however, I am still able to find the beauty in the little things and to acknowledge the wonders of the world. Meanwhile writing became my deserted island where I can enjoy the limitless honesty and the liberating feeling it gives.
Is there pardon for our sins?
Where are the role models?
What are we using our skills for?
Why do we lie to ourselves?
Who am I at all?
And who are you?
I believe that sooner or later the gates open in front of goodwill.
And I also believe that it is easier to find answers together!
Thank you, if you join me on this way!
Colegio Marista Pio XII. (Maristas Brothers Private school)
Language skills: Spanish
Santo Domingo, Ecuador
Tiszaparti Roman Catholic
Primary and Secondary School
Language skills: German, English
Jewish Theological Seminary –
University of Jewish Studies
eclesiastic community organization
Language skills: Hebrew, Ladino
Field of research: Jewishness of Jesus, Interreligious dialogue
If it's true that we are all from the same roots, only our trunks and leaves became different over the years, then what would be our reason to cut the nourishing ground from under our feet?