The Oy Way

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About the author:
Harvey Gotliffe has been a freelance writer since 1963, and in 1986 he founded and directed the award-winning magazine journalism program at San Jose State University. He has published in major magazines, newspapers and online publications. Since 2000, he has worked with Yiddish-speaking Holocaust survivors, and written profiles of them. He lectured about Yiddish-speaking survivors at the annual conference of the International Association of Yiddish Clubs.
He has researched, written and made presentations in the United States and Israel about Holocaust denial advertising in university newspapers. His research is archived at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In the second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (2006), Gotliffe wrote the three-page article, "The Jewish Press in America."
He is the editor and publisher of The Ho-Ho-Kus Cogitator and its blog, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, where he has written articles about Yiddish language and culture.

The Oy Way

Following the path of most resistance

Authored by Harvey Gotliffe

In an increasingly hurried, harried, and hectic electronic world, simple Yiddish expressions offer profound wisdom, and have helped provide physical, emotional, and mental stress relief to true believers. Individuals can become their own sages, and can survive and even prosper by inculcating these expressions into their daily lives. The Oy Way offers a meshuge (crazy) philosophy that combines meditation, exercise and humor, set forth in easy-to-learn Yiddish. It will be a mekhaye (pleasure) to read and follow—even if it’s just a bisl (bit) at a time. The Yiddish found in The Oy Way blends a rhythmic, flowing form of moving meditation with a unique way of thinking. At times, these expressions introduce turmoil in the midst of tranquility, and then impose humor into the resultant chaos and disorder. This form does not guarantee inner peace, but knowing that others may be sharing the same resultant agony brings solace to some. The true believer can inadvertently be led on a journey down the path of most resistance. It is a special journey everyone can follow, even if your mind is closed, as long as your heart is open. It is The Oy Way.

Publication Date:
1882302362 / 9781882302369
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Humor / General

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