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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.

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


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Practical advice that made a big difference.


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


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


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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

5 Signs You Need to Take a Fresh Look at Judaism

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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

JK Rowling and Standing Up to Anti-Semitism

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


Banning the Kippah

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


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


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


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


11 Quintessential Jewish Jokes

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


April 1st and the Jews

April 1st and the Jews

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


The Rothschilds: Separating Fact from Fiction

The Rothschilds: Separating Fact from Fiction

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A glimpse behind the illustrious, philanthropic family.


Blaming Jews for Snow

Blaming Jews for Snow

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Just in time for the historical season of blood libels.


Jews and Perfume

Jews and Perfume

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


Jews and the Irish Potato Famine

Jews and the Irish Potato Famine

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


Dear Hebrew School Teachers, I Want a Refund

Dear Hebrew School Teachers, I Want a Refund

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


Skyrocketing Anti-Semitism in the U.S.

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


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Saving Benny and Josh: Turning Tragedy into...

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Sentenced to Death in Iran

Sentenced to Death in Iran

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


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


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


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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?


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


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


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Father Desbois is on a mission to expose the Holocaust’s hidden crimes.


Super Bowl 2018: 6 Jewish Facts

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Including three Jewish owners and the Jewish general manager.


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One of the greatest cyclists of all time risked his life to save thousands of Jews.


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Citing Spielberg’s nebulous “ties to Israel”, authorities have ruled that The Post cannot be shown anywhere in the country.


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Recent research on the impact of smartphones on children and how we can realistically protect them.


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Banning Shechita in Europe

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Doctored and distorted images by anti-Israel activists get widely disseminated.


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How to spark a discussion with your kids after school.


8 Interesting Facts about Donuts

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Israelis consume 24 million donuts a year.


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An interview with Prof. Andrew Porwancher, a history professor at Oklahoma University, who thinks the founding father was, in fact, a Jew.


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According to a number of recent reports, English-speaking nations with large Jewish populations are experiencing record high levels of anti-Semitism.


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Five things we can learn from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement announcement.


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Entitled parents drove Avery Krut to throw in the towel.


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Avoid toxic holiday arguments about politics and other divisive issues with these fun questions that will spark interesting discussion with friends and family.


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Unknown to many, Zimbabwe is home to a small Jewish community.


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The airline’s refusal to fly Israelis is discrimination, pure and simple, and has no place in the free world.


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The Aaronsohn siblings founded an espionage ring in Zichron Yaakov to help Britain defeat the Turks.