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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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Mexico boasts a thriving Jewish community with roots that go back 500 years.


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The actor walked out of the interview teaching a valuable lesson about proper speech.


Jerusalem: Facts and Figures

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Everything you need to know about Israel’s capital.


The Young Woman who Saved an Airplane

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Everyone told her to sit down, but Mussie Weinfeld insisted something was wrong with the plane.


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A pro-Israel philosophy professor is being hounded, and you can help.


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How did a survivor who wouldn’t buy a ticket to Israel afford to commission a Torah scroll all by himself?


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Some of the surprising, diverse places where, against the odds, Jewish life is flourishing.


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Six little-known facts about Jewish Ireland.


Anti-Semitism on Campus

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Hostility to Jewish students is on the rise.


Yemen’s Last Jews

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A visit with the remaining 90 Jews.


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Appearances can be deceiving.


5 Rules for Fighting Fair

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The latest studies on how to have a good fight.


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He ran out of his car and apprehended a terrorist. A timely Purim lesson.


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Over 650 young Muslims have volunteered to guard Oslo Synagogue on Shabbat in support of the Jewish people.


Mocking the Holocaust

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There is a recent trend to trivialize and mock the Holocaust through art. What’s behind these shocking depictions?


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Chocolate, dates, wine – let’s get cooking.


My Ugly Engagement Ring

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With abiding love, my husband designed my unique ring. I opened the box and was aghast. I hated it.


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Fact is stranger than fiction. Here’s a guide to some notable recent occurrences in the Middle East featuring some fantastical events.


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Quiz: Political Change in the Middle East

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Take the Aish.com quiz and see how many questions you can answer correctly.


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From culinary traditions from around the world.


8 Myths about the Terror Attack in France

8 Myths about the Terror Attack in France

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Dispelling common distortions about the situation in France.


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5 strategies to conquer your goals.


Blaming Jews for the Paris Attacks

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In addition to the predictable fringe elements, some mainstream journalists are blaming the Jews for the world’s ills.


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The Paris Terror Attack

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A long history of threats and violence, against Charlie Hebdo and other targets, has too often been minimized and ignored.


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After losing his legs in Afghanistan, Brian Mast is still fighting for his country. And now he’s about to fight for Israel.


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Hot, soothing dishes from around the Jewish world.


Erasing Israel

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News of a Jewish wizard at Hogwarts reminded me of 5 Jewish values reflected in the series of books.


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A compendium of interesting news from the Holy Land.


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Your bubby was right! Scientific studies reveal the medicinal benefits of chicken soup.


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Recent distortions by the media are appalling. Here’s what you can do about it.


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Helping kids enjoy being Jewish during December – and all year round.


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Effective tools to increase your gratitude.


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The once laudable organization is obsessed with demonizing the Jewish state.


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Don’t sweat the details and make sure you focus on the meaning of the day.


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As the last generation to know Holocaust survivors, the theft reminds us of our responsibility to preserve their memories.


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The death of Leon Klinghoffer cannot be explained away.


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Feeling security in a hostile world we cannot control.


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From a Soviet labor camp to an ISIS prison, inspiring stories of people who clung to observing Yom Kippur, despite the odds.


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It is a disgrace that The New York Metropolitan Opera insists on performing this offensive, anti-Semitic work.


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How a community of Jews defied the Spanish Inquisition to listen to the Shofar.


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Welcome to the land of Jewish kilts and kosher haggis.


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Spiritual growth based on scientific research.


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The murdered journalist clung to his Jewish identity in captivity.


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Nearly two thirds of British Jews are questioning their future in the United Kingdom.


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The motivation for this crime is being investigated, but nothing can justify the killing of an innocent man walking to his place of worship.


10 Myths and Facts about the Gaza War

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Key facts you need to know to defend Israel.


Attacking Jews over Gaza

Attacking Jews over Gaza

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Threats and violence against Jews – ostensibly as protest for the current war in Gaza – have spread to cities worldwide.


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Some revolutionary concepts found in the Torah.


Paris Synagogue Attack

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In the heart of Paris, calls to kill the Jews inflame a violent mob. An exclusive Aish.com interview.