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“For Harvey Gotliffe, it’s not enough just to speak Yiddish. You have to put your whole body into it. That’s what his new book, “The Oy Way: Following the Path of Most Resistance,” is all about.”

October 18, 2012

Washington Square Magazine

“Need a little mekhaye (joy) in your life? Want to brush up on your Yiddish? Harvey Gotliffe’s The Oy Way is sure to tickle as much as teach. A hilarious combination of Yiddish expressions and restorative Tai Chi-like exercises, the book will help you “follow the path of most resistance.”

Fall 2012

The Midwest Book Review

“Sure, the English language is fine, but there's always room for a bit of extra flavor to it. The Oy Way: Following the Path of Most Resistance is a humorous delve into the Yiddish language as author Harvey Gotliffe writes how to use the language's unique expressions to spice up one's languages, with a touch of meditative exercise in the process. The Oy Way is a unique addition to any language or humor collection, much recommended.”

June 2012

Santa Cruz Sentinel

The Oy Way is a cheeky mix of old-world tradition and West Coast self-improvement, always with a nod to humor.”

Santa Cruz Weekly

“When things in life don’t go as planned, Harvey Gotliffe can get rid of bad energy. He simply steps back,

closes his eyes, breathes deeply, extends his palms and whispers gey avek, the Yiddish phrase for ‘go away.’”

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

“While few members of the Japanese American community were able to speak Yiddish,

Harvey has published a book that might help resolve that situation.”

JValley News

“Whether you grew up speaking and hearing Yiddish or the language is completely foreign to you,

it is inevitable that chuckles will arise as you discover the phrases and stances proposed

in this lovable piece of literature.”

Spartan Daily

“As a person of non-Jewish background, I thought The Oy Way was a humorous,

yet introspective book that dives into the rich history of the Yiddish language and culture.”

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