About the Author


Dr. Yvette Alt Miller

Yvette Alt Miller earned her B.A. at Harvard University. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Jewish Studies at Oxford University, and has a Ph.D. In International Relations from the London School of Economics. She lives with her family in Chicago, and has lectured internationally on Jewish topics. Her book Angels at the table: a Practical Guide to Celebrating Shabbat takes readers through the rituals of Shabbat and more, explaining the full beautiful spectrum of Jewish traditions with warmth and humor. It has been praised as "life-changing", a modern classic, and used in classes and discussion groups around the world.


Hiding from the Nazi Downstairs

Elsa Koditschek hid under the noses of the SS family who’d stolen her home.

Anti-Semitic Posters on American Campuses

It's the latest in a series of attacks on Jews on campuses, often organized by white supremacist groups.

Five Ways We Can Help Stop Bullying

Judaism advocates a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to cruelty and bullying.

The Oldest Nobel Prize Winner Isn’t Slowing Down

Jewish physicist Dr. Arthur Ashkin, age 96, doesn’t know the meaning of procrastination.

Five Reasons Every Jewish Family should Celebrate Sukkot and Simchat Torah

One of the best ways to embrace being Jewish with joy and to transmit that love for being Jewish to our children.

9 Lesser Known Facts about Yom Kippur

Including the mitzvah to eat a festive meal the day before the holy day.

Judging Jews

This new year I’m trying to stop labeling people.

Capturing Adolf Eichmann

The true story behind one of the most famous covert missions in history.

Neil Simon and the American Jewish Experience

The prolific, award-winning playwright died at age 91.

Remembering Senator John McCain, Friend of Israel & the Jewish People

Sen. McCain was a staunch supporter of Israel and a relentless voice for civility and decency in public policy.

Aretha Franklin, Respect, and her Jewish Producer

The story behind the Queen of Soul’s hit song, Respect.

Team Caleb: Perpetuating Our Friend's Legacy

When their friend was diagnosed with cancer, a group of teens sprang into action and raised significant funds for charity.

Swastika on Indiana Synagogue

Indiana is experiencing an uptick in anti-Semitic incidents like the rest of the country.

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg: Don’t Give Holocaust Deniers a Pass

Holocaust denial isn’t just getting “a few things wrong”. It’s a pernicious form of anti-Semitism that serves no other purpose than to attack Jews.

Mahler’s Niece & the Auschwitz Women’s Orchestra

A century ago, one of Europe's great musicians tried to erase her Jewish heritage. Instead, she heroically saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

Palestine Soccer Team and Other Appropriations of Jewish History

Galloway’s willful misreading of Jewish soccer history is just the latest example of twisting historical facts.

Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain: Taking It to Heart

Their suicides give us pause and reminds us just how little we know of other people’s pain and challenges.

3 Lessons from Roseanne's Offensive Tweet

What we can take from ABC’s abrupt cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s hit show.

Prince Harry’s Namesake, the Duke of Sussex

The first Duke of Sussex championed the rights of the underdogs and downtrodden in Britain and beyond, including the Jews.

Seven Reasons to Visit Israel

Why you and your family should visit the Jewish state as soon as possible.

5 Misconceptions about the Violence in Gaza

Some clarity in a world filled with media distortion.

Israeli Pride: Winning the Eurovision this Momentous Week

Netta Barzilai wins the Eurovision, the week of Jerusalem Day and the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

6 Lessons that Made Me a Better Mom

Practical advice that made a big difference.

6 Facts about Smiling

Modern science is discovering what Jewish wisdom already knew: smiling is crucial to our well-being.

Israeli Diplomat Forced Out of Uber for Speaking Hebrew

An exclusive Aish.com interview with Itay Milner, Israel’s Deputy Consul General to the Midwest.

Anti-Semitic Politicians in America Today

The rise of anti-Semitism in America can also been seen in the political sphere.

5 Signs You Need to Take a Fresh Look at Judaism

So many Jews, myself included, stopped their Jewish education when they were kids and never examined the depth of Judaism through adult eyes.

JK Rowling and Standing Up to Anti-Semitism

J.K. Rowling, French celebrities and German officials are making it clear they stand with the embattled Jewish minorities within their midst.

The Dangers of Being a Jew in France Today

Aish.com interviews a number of Jews living in France. Their future is precarious.

Banning the Kippah

The Anne House employee isn’t the only person told not to wear his kippah at work.

15 Reasons to be Proud of Israel

In celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday, here are 15 amazing reasons to be proud of the Jewish state.

Johan van Hulst Risked his Life to Save Jewish Children

van Hulst and his allies rescued 600 Jewish children. For the rest of his life his main regret was not saving more.

95-Year-Old Survivor Still Cooking Up a Storm

Margit Kirsche and her husband Sandor survived Auschwitz and opened the first kosher food emporium in Chicago.

11 Quintessential Jewish Jokes

Some old and some new, and all have an underlying point.

April 1st and the Jews

For the Jewish people, April Fool’s Day has been marked by some decidedly non-funny events.

The Rothschilds: Separating Fact from Fiction

A glimpse behind the illustrious, philanthropic family.

Blaming Jews for Snow

Just in time for the historical season of blood libels.

Jews and Perfume

Eight little known facts about Jews and perfume, from ancient times to today.

Jews and the Irish Potato Famine

During Ireland’s hour of greatest need, Jews donated more aid than anyone in the world.

Dear Hebrew School Teachers, I Want a Refund

Three ways I feel you let me down and how you can do way better.

Skyrocketing Anti-Semitism in the U.S.

1,986 anti-Semitic crimes were reported, a 57% increase on the previous year.

Albanian Muslims who Sheltered Jews

Albanians' strong traditions inspired them to save their nation's Jews during the Holocaust.

Saving Benny and Josh: Turning Tragedy into Purpose

Jennie and Gary Landsman are doing everything they can to help find a cure to their sons’ rare and fatal disease.

Sentenced to Death in Iran

A Jewish grandmother is denied asylum in the Netherlands. She is hoping for a Purim miracle.

Queen Esther and 6 Other Extraordinary Jewish Women

Jewish history abounds with strong Jewish women who ensured the survival of the Jewish people.

Remembering the 5 Jewish Victims of the Florida Shooting

Four Jewish students and a teacher murdered along with 12 other victims.

Wendy’s Shabbat: Beauty Traced with Sadness

Every week a group of elderly retired Jews hold Shabbat dinners at Wendy’s. It’s beautiful but is this the best we can do for them?

15 Jewish Quotes about Love

Reflecting Judaism’s views of love, marriage and companionship.

Stop Saying "It's Broken"

Broken implies that fixing something is hopeless. More often than not, that’s not the case.

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