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.


13 Questions Every Jewish Student Should Ask Prospective Colleges

A helpful guide for Jewish high school students checking out various universities.

Selma Engel, Witness to Sobibor

Woman who told the world about the secret death camp passes away at age 96.

The Holocaust Menorah

A moving photo and the menorah that bears testimony to the eternal Jewish nation.

The 30 Minute Screen-Free Hanukkah Challenge

Enhance your family’s Hanukkah and turn off all devices for 30 minutes while your menorah lights burn.

Menorahs in Montana

The Schnitzer family had no idea that their children’s Hanukkah pictures would spark an anti-Semitic attack and galvanize a whole community.

Abraham Lincoln and the Jews: 10 Fascinating Facts

Snapshots of Lincoln’s remarkable relationship with Jews.

Airbnb's Outrageous Decision Against Israel

The rental site is delisting vacation rentals that are outside of Israel's 1967 borders.

Back to Berlin

An eclectic group of Jewish motorcyclists, representing Israel and the Maccabiah Games, travel across Europe to Germany, facing past and present demons.

Stan Lee, Creator of Flawed Superheroes Has Died

Flawed and complex, Lee’s superheroes looked a lot like us.

The Women's March: Saying No to Anti-Semitism

Actress Alyssa Milano is showing us how to fix the Women's March and other movements infected with anti-Semitism.

The Jewish Nurse who Treated the Pittsburgh Murderer

Coming face to face with unspeakable evil, being Jewish gave Ari Mahler the courage to stand up for what he believed in.

Joachim Ronnenberg: Stopping Hitler’s Nuclear Ambitions

The daring raid on the Nazis’ secret nuclear facility in Norway.

#ShowUpForShabbat

This Shabbat, let’s stop the infighting and unite.

Complicit: Stoking an Environment of Hate

We have much work to do in this post-massacre world. Let’s get started.

Judaism and Common Superstitions

Who’s afraid of Friday the 13th and black cats?

Marilyn Monroe's Siddur

Reading from a Hebrew prayer book and writing comments in its margins isn't the typical image one has of the actress.

The Indian Princess who Fought Nazis

Noor Inayat Khan courageously spied for Britain behind enemy lines.

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.

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