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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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How to spark a discussion with your kids after school.


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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.


Questions to Ask at Your Thanksgiving Table

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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.


Jews and Zimbabwe: 7 Little-Known Facts

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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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Using their avid opera-going as a cover, the British sisters saved dozens of Jews in Nazi Europe.


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


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They hid a number of Jews in the Paris apartment, at great risk to their lives.


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An Israeli won the gold in judo but they refused to play his national anthem. He defiantly sang it himself.


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Meaningful presents to mark this important milestone.


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The vile act that took place in Rome isn’t something new.


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The key findings, links to further information, and concrete suggestions on how to limit the damage.


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Nov. 2, 2017, marks the 100 anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, one of the most important political declarations of modern times.


As a Woman, Finding My Voice

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In academia and work, I kept feeling silenced. Surprisingly, it was people in the Orthodox Jewish community who took me seriously.


My Husband is Not My Best Friend

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Marriage isn’t just friendship; my spouse is literally a part of me.


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Things to know while praying for rain.


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And what you can do to help.


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Bringing home the beauty and joy of Judaism.


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The story of Hava Nagila spans much of modern Jewish history.


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How to nudge yourself into accomplishing your goals.


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ProPublica uncovers anti-Semitic advertising categories on Facebook.


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Some fun honey facts to start your new off right.


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Did she really think she was going to eat a kosher omelet at Denny’s?


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The pendant’s life-affirming message of hope gave her courage to embrace challenges throughout her life.


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The surprising and extensive connections the Founding Father had with the Jews.


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The singer wanted to take a stand and be counted proudly as a Jew.


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In addition to his classic films the iconic entertainer will be remembered for his great philanthropic work.


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In 1865, one southern woman overlooked the deep divisions of war and saw her fellow Jew, not an opponent.


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Barcelona’s Chief Rabbi warns his fellow Jews to get out while they can. Not everyone agrees.


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According to a new Pew study, American Muslims are flourishing.


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Det. Sergeant Richard Burgess fought off three Arabs who were attacking a Jew and nearly lost his own life in the process.


The Meaning of Some Common Jewish Last Names

The Meaning of Some Common Jewish Last Names

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Some of these will surprise you.


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7 Facts about Jewish Life in Russia Today

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Some of them might surprise you.


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Mordecai Sheftall is one of the greatest American patriots you’ve never heard of.


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Michael Bond, the author, based his beloved character on Jewish children who were refugees in war-torn Europe.


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The true story of the secret operation to ferry thousands of desperate Holocaust survivors to Israel.


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French police refusal to call the murder of an Orthodox woman by a Muslim a hate crime is causing an uproar.


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The bestselling mystery author serves up a dose of Jewish life and insight in the midst of her suspenseful who-done-its.


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Long neglected, Aldo Izzo is restoring Venice's centuries-old Jewish cemeteries.


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How to whip up delicious Shabbat meals quickly and easily, no matter how little time you have to prepare.