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.


Jews and the Irish Potato Famine

During Ireland’s hour of greatest need, Jews donated more aid than anyone in the world.

Dear Hebrew School Teachers, I Want a Refund

Three ways I feel you let me down and how you can do way better.

Skyrocketing Anti-Semitism in the U.S.

1,986 anti-Semitic crimes were reported, a 57% increase on the previous year.

Albanian Muslims who Sheltered Jews

Albanians' strong traditions inspired them to save their nation's Jews during the Holocaust.

Saving Benny and Josh: Turning Tragedy into Purpose

Jennie and Gary Landsman are doing everything they can to help find a cure to their sons’ rare and fatal disease.

Sentenced to Death in Iran

A Jewish grandmother is denied asylum in the Netherlands. She is hoping for a Purim miracle.

Queen Esther and 6 Other Extraordinary Jewish Women

Jewish history abounds with strong Jewish women who ensured the survival of the Jewish people.

Remembering the 5 Jewish Victims of the Florida Shooting

Four Jewish students and a teacher murdered along with 12 other victims.

Wendy’s Shabbat: Beauty Traced with Sadness

Every week a group of elderly retired Jews hold Shabbat dinners at Wendy’s. It’s beautiful but is this the best we can do for them?

15 Jewish Quotes about Love

Reflecting Judaism’s views of love, marriage and companionship.

Stop Saying "It's Broken"

Broken implies that fixing something is hopeless. More often than not, that’s not the case.

Aiding Nazis in Mass Killing of Jews

Father Desbois is on a mission to expose the Holocaust’s hidden crimes.

Super Bowl 2018: 6 Jewish Facts

Including three Jewish owners and the Jewish general manager.

Gino Bartali: The Superstar who Defied the Fascists

One of the greatest cyclists of all time risked his life to save thousands of Jews.

El Salvador’s Schindler who Saved 25,000 Jews

Jose Castellanos Contreras rescued 20 times more Jews than Oskar Schindler. Everyone should know his story.

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.

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.

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