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.


10 Myths and Facts about the Gaza War

Key facts you need to know to defend Israel.

Attacking Jews over Gaza

Threats and violence against Jews – ostensibly as protest for the current war in Gaza – have spread to cities worldwide.

10 Ideas Judaism Gave the World

Some revolutionary concepts found in the Torah.

Paris Synagogue Attack

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

English Words with Hebrew Origins

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

The $300 Charity Fiasco

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

Presbyterian Boycott of Israel

They’re divesting from three companies for the crime of selling products to Israel security forces and Jews in Judea and Samaria.

Mohammad Zoabi: A Brave Arab Israeli

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

Exotic Jewish Recipes

Distinctive, low-fat Jewish dishes from other countries.

Rise of the Far Right in Europe

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

The Western Wall Infographic

Everything you need to know about Israel’s most-visited site. Perfect to share for Jerusalem Day.

Bring Back Our Girls

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

Getting Into Harvard

A lesson from a Harvard admissions interviewer.

No E-Mails After 6pm

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

Anti-Semitism in America

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

The Power of a Smile

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

Infographic: Israel by the Numbers

Celebrate Israel’s birthday with this comprehensive infographic.

Harold Ramis’ Search for Meaning

The writer and director of Groundhog Day passes away, leaving behind a legacy of funny, thoughtful films.

The Man at the Wall

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

Skating to Schindler’s List

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

Romantic Comedies May Save Your Marriage

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

Shabbat in an Hour

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

Combatting Academic Bigotry against Israel

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

4 Ways to Deal with the Polar Vortex

How to use this unique period for spiritual growth.

2013 News from Israel You May Have Missed

2013 was a busy news year in the Holy Land. Here are some less-reported stories you might have missed.

Not Your Typical Kosher Restaurant

Jeff Aeder, the owner of Chicago’s hottest kosher restaurant, donates all the profits to charity.

Israel Helping its Enemies

Hamas leader seeks medical care for granddaughter in the Jewish state he hopes to destroy.

Scholastic’s Map without Israel

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

Teaching Hate in Gaza

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

Giving Up TV

Why our family doesn’t watch television.

Hobby Lobby’s Hanukkah Decoration Fiasco

The company inadvertently reminds us the meaning of the holiday.

The Navy Yard Shootings

We can’t take life for granted.

5 Ways to Get the Most out of Hebrew School

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

Blame Israel

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

Over the Top Bar Mitzvah Videos

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

The Science of Shofar

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

Ashton Kutcher’s Advice for Teens

Elul, Ashton Kutcher and an unlikely source for teen advice.

Royal Jewish Name

Jewish names speak to our very essence.

Tootsie & Beauty Bias

Dustin Hoffman would never have given Tootsie a second look.

Zimmerman Acquittal

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

Love is a Choice

How to stop treating your fellow Jews as the enemy.

Why Pursue Justice against Aging Nazis?

Efraim Zuroff wants the world to know that injustice won't be tolerated.

Nazis on the Run

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

How Do You Spell Knaidel?

The National Spelling puts its spotlight on Yiddish. Is it a dying language?

London Horror: Eye for an Eye

The terrorist invoked the Torah’s principle “an eye for an eye” to justify his violence. He’s tragically misguided.

Stephen Hawking and the Israel Boycott

Sometimes very smart people do very dumb things.

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