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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.

Jews and Native Americans: 7 Fascinating Facts

Jews and Native Americans: 7 Fascinating Facts

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Like Julis Meyer, aka Box-Ka-Re-Sha-Hash-Ta-Ka, which means “Curly Haired White Chief Who Speaks with One Tongue.”


Jews and Chocolate: 9 Little Known Facts

Jews and Chocolate: 9 Little Known Facts

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Plus a traditional Jewish chocolate recipe.


The Shocking True Story behind Spielberg’s Next Film

The Shocking True Story behind Spielberg’s Next...

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With Papal consent, Edgardo Mortara, a Jewish child, was ripped from his family and raised as a Catholic in 19th century Italy.


Fighting Jew Hatred in Chicago

Fighting Jew Hatred in Chicago

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After a shul is vandalized, Jews, Muslims and Christians come together to stand against hate.


Great Yiddish Expressions

Great Yiddish Expressions

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On business, family, being a mensch and classic curses too.


Erasing Swastikas on NY Subway

Erasing Swastikas on NY Subway

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An exclusive Aish.com interview with the man who took action.


Jewish Dad Saves Teen’s Life

Jewish Dad Saves Teen’s Life

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Coach Steven Greenberg’s quick actions saved the life of a visiting player who suddenly collapsed and was unresponsive.


A Woman’s Hard Choice

A Woman’s Hard Choice

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Brenda Barnes, the first female CEO of PepsiCo who ignited a firestorm by resigning to spend more time with her family, died last week.


Remembering Under the Clouds of Anti-Semitism

Remembering Under the Clouds of Anti-Semitism

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This year Holocaust Remembrance Day observances are mired in controversy in a number of European countries.


Deeper Meaning of 9 Common Jewish Words

Deeper Meaning of 9 Common Jewish Words

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Do you know the origins of these Jewish terms?


Fake News and Israel

Fake News and Israel

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No headline seems too far-fetched when it comes to spreading false news stories about Israel.


Bomb Threats Targeting Jewish Organizations

Bomb Threats Targeting Jewish Organizations

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Despite the fear, parents are keeping their kids in Jewish schools and standing up to evil.


Three Things I Wish Someone would have Told Me about Marriage

Three Things I Wish Someone would have Told Me...

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It’s never too late to incorporate these key lessons into your marriage.


Jews and the Circus: 7 Fascinating Facts

Jews and the Circus: 7 Fascinating Facts

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Did you know that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is owned by a Jewish family?


Uncovering Jewish History in Vilna

Uncovering Jewish History in Vilna

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Cutting edge technology is unearthing fascinating new evidence regarding the Jews of Vilna.


Muslim NY Teen Hailed a Hero

Muslim NY Teen Hailed a Hero

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Aish.com talks with Ahmed Khalifa who courageously pursued and help arrest the attacker of a Jewish woman on a NY subway.


Countering Hate in Montana

Countering Hate in Montana

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Neo-Nazis are planning a march against Jews in a small Montana town. Here's what you can do about it.


The Secret Jew & Incredible Survival of his Lost Manuscript

The Secret Jew & Incredible Survival of his Lost...

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The amazing story of Luis de Carvajal, a secret Jew who was murdered in the 1500s, and the unlikely survival of his handwritten memoirs.


Menorah Twisted into a Swastika

Menorah Twisted into a Swastika

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A family in Phoenix wakes up to find their 7-foot menorah turned into a swastika. The community fights back.


Some Amazing Facts about Jewish History

Some Amazing Facts about Jewish History

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You'll never look at these stats and figures the same way.


Marion Pritchard: Rescuer of Dutch Jews

Marion Pritchard: Rescuer of Dutch Jews

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The heroic woman rescued scores of Dutch Jews during the Holocaust, and has died at the age of 96.


17 Amazing Facts about Olives

17 Amazing Facts about Olives

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There’s more to olives than the Hanukkah miracle.


Searching for a Miracle

Searching for a Miracle

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Adam Krief's search for a bone marrow donor mobilized Jews around the world. Last week one miracle happened.


10 Ways You Can Fight BDS

10 Ways You Can Fight BDS

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Don’t be silent. Advocate for Israel.


Common Jewish Words: Their Origins & Meaning

Common Jewish Words: Their Origins & Meaning

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How many of us know the origins and exact meaning of these common Jewish phrases?


The Distasteful Holocaust Ice Dance Routine

The Distasteful Holocaust Ice Dance Routine

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“Not one of the six million danced and a concentration camp is not a summer camp.”


Fidel Castro and the Jews

Fidel Castro and the Jews

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Some surprising numbers related to Fidel Castro’s relationship with Israel and Jews.


Thanksgiving Quiz

Thanksgiving Quiz

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How much do you and your family know about Thanksgiving?


Ruth Gruber: Indomitable Jewish Activist and Legendary Journalist

Ruth Gruber: Indomitable Jewish Activist and...

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Ruth Gruber, the journalist, author and activist, has died at the age of 105.


Erasing Golda Meir

Erasing Golda Meir

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Standing up to anti-Israel sentiment on campus and around the globe makes a real difference.


Leonard Cohen: Always a Jew at Heart

Leonard Cohen: Always a Jew at Heart

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The influential musician had a deep connection with Israel and the Jewish people.


Moving Beyond the Election: 5 Ways to Erase the Bitterness

Moving Beyond the Election: 5 Ways to Erase the...

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How we can come together and move past the hatred and rancor that have marked the past year.


A Letter to the Western Wall

A Letter to the Western Wall

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Thank you for inspiring me, for comforting me, for unifying our people.


Jews and Japan: 7 Interesting Facts

Jews and Japan: 7 Interesting Facts

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Seven fascinating facts about Jewish links with the Land of the Rising Sun.


The Chicago Cubs’ Curse

The Chicago Cubs’ Curse

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The team hasn’t won a World Series in 108 years. Is it really due to a curse, as many people believe?


China’s Crackdown on the Jewish Community of Kaifeng

China’s Crackdown on the Jewish Community of...

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The descendants of China's miniscule Jewish community face persecution today.


Shimon Peres: The Face of Israel

Shimon Peres: The Face of Israel

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Remembering the indefatigable Jewish leader whose life embodied the saga of the Jewish state.


Inspiring Jewish Quotes for Rosh Hashanah

Inspiring Jewish Quotes for Rosh Hashanah

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Some inspiring Jewish quotes to help guide you in your resolutions for the New Year.


Moving into a Religious Community

Moving into a Religious Community

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For years our fears and comfort prevented us from selling our home to move into a more vibrant Jewish community.


Oldest Man Alive to Celebrate his Bar Mitzvah

Oldest Man Alive to Celebrate his Bar Mitzvah

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Yisrael Kristal is turning 113 years old. Mazel tov!


8 Little-Known Facts about Jewish Pirates

8 Little-Known Facts about Jewish Pirates

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Some Jews turned to piracy as a way to fight against Spain and Portugal, the hosts of the brutal Inquisition.


Anti-Israel Bias in Academia on Campus

Anti-Israel Bias in Academia on Campus

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Academics are increasingly calling for the end of the Jewish state with impunity.


Travis Rudolph and How Small Acts Can Make a Huge Difference

Travis Rudolph and How Small Acts Can Make a Huge...

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Our seemingly small actions aren’t so small after all.


Non-Jews Fighting Anti-Semitism on Campus

Non-Jews Fighting Anti-Semitism on Campus

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Milan Chatterjee, former student president of UCLA, is the most recent non-Jew leaving his school due to anti-Semitism. There are others.


Me and the Burkini Debate

Me and the Burkini Debate

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As France debates the Islamic-style burkini, I’m delighted with my choice to wear modest swimwear.


30 Strangers at a Funeral

30 Strangers at a Funeral

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A group of Jews perform the ultimate kindness for a woman who was going to have no mourners at her funeral.


Jews at the Rio Olympics: 10 Fascinating Facts

Jews at the Rio Olympics: 10 Fascinating Facts

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Israel sent its largest ever delegation of athletes: 47 athletes, competing in 17 events.


Jews in the Wild West

Jews in the Wild West

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10 surprising facts about Jews in the American Frontier.


Glamorizing Hitler

Glamorizing Hitler

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Fighting “Hitler Chic” isn’t just an issue of taste. It’s protecting the dignity of the six million Jews murdered and battling resurgent anti-Semitism today.


Killing Qandeel Baloch

Killing Qandeel Baloch

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A Pakistani celebrity becomes the latest victim of so-called “honor killings.”