About the Author


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.


Banning Spielberg in Lebanon

Citing Spielberg’s nebulous “ties to Israel”, authorities have ruled that The Post cannot be shown anywhere in the country.

Smartphones and Kids: Harmful Effects and What to Do About It

Recent research on the impact of smartphones on children and how we can realistically protect them.

Nazi Havens in South America

Secret files reveal 9,000 Nazi war criminals fled to South America after WWII.

Banning Shechita in Europe

It’s a veiled way of saying that Jews and other minorities are no longer welcome.

Jews and Coffee: 8 Little-Known Facts

Including the surprising origins of the Maxwell House Haggadah.

Duped: How Distorted Images Damage Israel

Doctored and distorted images by anti-Israel activists get widely disseminated.

8 Interesting Facts about Donuts

Israelis consume 24 million donuts a year.

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?

An interview with Prof. Andrew Porwancher, a history professor at Oklahoma University, who thinks the founding father was, in fact, a Jew.

Anti-Semitism on the Rise

According to a number of recent reports, English-speaking nations with large Jewish populations are experiencing record high levels of anti-Semitism.

Mazel Tov Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Five things we can learn from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement announcement.

Questions to Ask at Your Thanksgiving Table

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

Unknown to many, Zimbabwe is home to a small Jewish community.

Germany Caves in to Kuwait Airlines’ Hateful Discrimination

The airline’s refusal to fly Israelis is discrimination, pure and simple, and has no place in the free world.

Ida and Louise Cook’s Remarkable Rescue Mission

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

Israel’s Unknown Heroic Spies of World War I

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

Charles Aznavour and His Family Saved Jews during the Holocaust

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

Singing Hatikvah in Abu Dhabi

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

Great Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gift Ideas

Meaningful presents to mark this important milestone.

Anne Frank, European Soccer and Anti-Semitism

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

Smartphones’ Negative Effects: A Summary of the Latest Comprehensive Research

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

The Balfour Declaration: 5 Things You Need To Know

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

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

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

Nazi Concentration Camps on British Soil

Jewish slave laborers were worked to death in Alderney, a small Channel Island.

11 Surprising Facts about Rain

Things to know while praying for rain.

Jews and Beer: 8 Surprising Facts

For centuries Jews have been vital in the production and marketing of beer.

Jewish Families Building Their First Sukkah

Bringing home the beauty and joy of Judaism.

Hava Nagilah: The Story behind the Quintessential Jewish Song

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

5 Ways to Achieve Real Change

How to nudge yourself into accomplishing your goals.

The Unlikely Hero who Saved Thousands of Jews

Even though he lacked the necessary experience, Varian Fry risked his life to save Jews in Vichy France because no one else was going to do it.

Targeting Jew Haters on Facebook

ProPublica uncovers anti-Semitic advertising categories on Facebook.

Honey: Interesting Facts

Some fun honey facts to start your new off right.

The Bacon in the Omelet Lawsuit

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

God Protect You: Grandma’s Necklace She Saved from the Holocaust

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

Alexander Hamilton and the Jews

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

Billy Joel’s Star of David

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

Jerry Lewis: Comedy and Tragedy

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

Jews, the Civil War and the Incident of Sharing Matzah at a Passover Seder

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

Attacks in Spain: “Europe is Lost; Jews Should Consider Moving to Israel”

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

The Alarming Rise of White Supremacy in America

The violence in Charlottesville didn’t originate in a vacuum.

Australia’s Refusal to Build Synagogue Victory for Terror

Calling it a potential terrorist threat, an Australian court ruled that a proposed shul is too dangerous to be built.

What American Jews Can Learn from the Muslim Community

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

British Hero Cop who Saved a Jew in Jerusalem

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

Orthodox Jew & Patriot of the American Revolution

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

Is Paddington Bear Jewish?

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

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