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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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Some revolutionary concepts found in the Torah.


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


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


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


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


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Distinctive, low-fat Jewish dishes from other countries.


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


The Brussels Jewish Museum Attack

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5 ways to respond.


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


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


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A lesson from a Harvard admissions interviewer.


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


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


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


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The agony of not knowing.


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

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


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She was a lot more than a famous actress.


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


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


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


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


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How to use this unique period for spiritual growth.


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


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Arab children are still being taught to hate and destroy Israel.


Giving Up TV

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Why our family doesn’t watch television.


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Alternatives to trick-or-treating.


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The company inadvertently reminds us the meaning of the holiday.


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We can’t take life for granted.


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Hebrew school is not like taking your shirts to the dry cleaners.


Blame Israel

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Confronted with difficult situations too hard to face? Just blame the Jewish state.


Over the Top Bar Mitzvah Videos

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What can we expect when so many Jews are denying their kids a serious Jewish education.


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How our body’s reaction to hearing the shofar’s blast primes us for real change.


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Jewish names speak to our very essence.


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Dustin Hoffman would never have given Tootsie a second look.


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It’s not easy to have the humility to say we don’t know.


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How to stop treating your fellow Jews as the enemy.


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How Nazis evaded justice with the help of the Vatican and the Red Cross.


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Sometimes very smart people do very dumb things.


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Charles Ramsey’s past doesn’t negate the heroism he showed in rescuing Amanda Berry.


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Early childhood is a great time to expose our kids to Jewish education. The results can last a lifetime.


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