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.


5 Ways to Feel Thankful

Effective tools to increase your gratitude.

Amnesty International’s Jewish Problem

The once laudable organization is obsessed with demonizing the Jewish state.

My Son’s Bar Mitzvah: My 5 Big Mistakes

Don’t sweat the details and make sure you focus on the meaning of the day.

Dachau’s Stolen Sign

As the last generation to know Holocaust survivors, the theft reminds us of our responsibility to preserve their memories.

Protesting the Met’s “Death of Klinghoffer”

The death of Leon Klinghoffer cannot be explained away.

Sukkot in the Time of Ebola

Feeling security in a hostile world we cannot control.

5 True Stories for Yom Kippur

From a Soviet labor camp to an ISIS prison, inspiring stories of people who clung to observing Yom Kippur, despite the odds.

The Death of Klinghoffer Controversy

It is a disgrace that The New York Metropolitan Opera insists on performing this offensive, anti-Semitic work.

Don Fernando Aguilar’s Amazing Shofar

How a community of Jews defied the Spanish Inquisition to listen to the Shofar.

6 Surprising Facts about Jewish Scotland

Welcome to the land of Jewish kilts and kosher haggis.

5 Inspiring Ways to Start the New Year

Spiritual growth based on scientific research.

Remembering Steven Sotloff

The murdered journalist clung to his Jewish identity in captivity.

The Rise of Anti-Semitism in Britain

Nearly two thirds of British Jews are questioning their future in the United Kingdom.

Rabbi Shot Walking to Shul

The motivation for this crime is being investigated, but nothing can justify the killing of an innocent man walking to his place of worship.

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.

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