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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.

Harry Potter and Jewish Values

Harry Potter and Jewish Values

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


2014 News from Israel You May Have Missed

2014 News from Israel You May Have Missed

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A compendium of interesting news from the Holy Land.


Chicken Soup for Your Health

Chicken Soup for Your Health

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


Distorted Headlines against Israel

Distorted Headlines against Israel

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


10 Ways to Make December More Jewish

10 Ways to Make December More Jewish

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


5 Ways to Feel Thankful

5 Ways to Feel Thankful

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Effective tools to increase your gratitude.


Amnesty International’s Jewish Problem

Amnesty International’s Jewish Problem

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


My Son’s Bar Mitzvah: My 5 Big Mistakes

My Son’s Bar Mitzvah: My 5 Big Mistakes

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


Dachau’s Stolen Sign

Dachau’s Stolen Sign

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


Protesting the Met’s “Death of Klinghoffer”

Protesting the Met’s “Death of Klinghoffer”

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The death of Leon Klinghoffer cannot be explained away.


Sukkot in the Time of Ebola

Sukkot in the Time of Ebola

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Feeling security in a hostile world we cannot control.


5 True Stories for Yom Kippur

5 True Stories for Yom Kippur

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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.


The Death of Klinghoffer Controversy

The Death of Klinghoffer Controversy

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


Don Fernando Aguilar’s Amazing Shofar

Don Fernando Aguilar’s Amazing Shofar

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


6 Surprising Facts about Jewish Scotland

6 Surprising Facts about Jewish Scotland

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Welcome to the land of Jewish kilts and kosher haggis.


5 Inspiring Ways to Start the New Year

5 Inspiring Ways to Start the New Year

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Spiritual growth based on scientific research.


Remembering Steven Sotloff

Remembering Steven Sotloff

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The murdered journalist clung to his Jewish identity in captivity.


The Rise of Anti-Semitism in Britain

The Rise of Anti-Semitism in Britain

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


Rabbi Shot Walking to Shul

Rabbi Shot Walking to Shul

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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

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.


10 Ideas Judaism Gave the World

10 Ideas Judaism Gave the World

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Some revolutionary concepts found in the Torah.


Paris Synagogue Attack

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.


English Words with Hebrew Origins

English Words with Hebrew Origins

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These common English words have their origins in Hebrew and Jewish thought.


The $300 Charity Fiasco

The $300 Charity Fiasco

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A Chinese millionaire’s largesse to NY’s homeless spins out of control.


Presbyterian Boycott of Israel

Presbyterian Boycott of Israel

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They’re divesting from three companies for the crime of selling products to Israel security forces and Jews in Judea and Samaria.


Mohammad Zoabi: A Brave Arab Israeli

Mohammad Zoabi: A Brave Arab Israeli

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One 17-year-old Muslim teen is risking his life to support Israel.


Exotic Jewish Recipes

Exotic Jewish Recipes

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Distinctive, low-fat Jewish dishes from other countries.


Rise of the Far Right in Europe

Rise of the Far Right in Europe

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The far right and even neo-Nazi parties gained strength in the recent elections.


The Brussels Jewish Museum Attack

The Brussels Jewish Museum Attack

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5 ways to respond.


The Western Wall Infographic

The Western Wall Infographic

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Everything you need to know about Israel’s most-visited site.


Bring Back Our Girls

Bring Back Our Girls

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What do 276 girls kidnapped in Nigeria have to do with me?


Getting Into Harvard

Getting Into Harvard

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A lesson from a Harvard admissions interviewer.


No E-Mails After 6pm

No E-Mails After 6pm

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Five ways to use the momentum of Passover to break free from electronic slavery.


Anti-Semitism in America

Anti-Semitism in America

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The Kansas City JCC murders remind us that virulent anti-Semitism does exists in the United States.


The Power of a Smile

The Power of a Smile

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How my pasted smile got me through a very difficult week.


Israel by the Numbers

Israel by the Numbers

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Celebrate Israel’s birthday with this comprehensive infographic.


Flight 370: Without a Trace

Flight 370: Without a Trace

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The agony of not knowing.


Harold Ramis’ Search for Meaning

Harold Ramis’ Search for Meaning

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The writer and director of Groundhog Day passes away, leaving behind a legacy of funny, thoughtful films.


The Man at the Wall

The Man at the Wall

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Rabbi Meir Schuster introduced me to the beauty of Shabbat in Jerusalem. I never got the chance to thank him.


Shirley Temple Black and Fulfilling our Potential

Shirley Temple Black and Fulfilling our Potential

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She was a lot more than a famous actress.


Skating to Schindler’s List

Skating to Schindler’s List

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Yulia Lipnitskaya’s Olympic performance: breathtaking or bad taste?


Romantic Comedies May Save Your Marriage

Romantic Comedies May Save Your Marriage

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11 questions for you and your spouse to discuss after watching a rom-com.


Shabbat in an Hour

Shabbat in an Hour

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Making Shabbat dinner does not have to be daunting. Here are my favorite short cuts.


Combatting Academic Bigotry against Israel

Combatting Academic Bigotry against Israel

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The best response to anti-Semitism is to deepen your pride in being Jewish.


4 Ways to Deal with the Polar Vortex

4 Ways to Deal with the Polar Vortex

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How to use this unique period for spiritual growth.


2013 News from Israel You May Have Missed

2013 News from Israel You May Have Missed

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2013 was a busy news year in the Holy Land. Here are some less-reported stories you might have missed.


Not Your Typical Kosher Restaurant

Not Your Typical Kosher Restaurant

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Jeff Aeder, the owner of Chicago’s hottest kosher restaurant, donates all the profits to charity.


Israel Helping its Enemies

Israel Helping its Enemies

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Hamas leader seeks medical care for granddaughter in the Jewish state he hopes to destroy.


Scholastic’s Map without Israel

Scholastic’s Map without Israel

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Such a mistake should be unthinkable to make in the first place.