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.


Yom Kippur Synagogue Attack

Living with danger and embracing a Jewish life.

Bring the Joy of Judaism into Your Home

Don't just celebrate the heavy Jewish holidays. Sukkot and Simchat Torah show us a joyous side of Judaism that you'll want your family to experience.

New Year’s Resolutions and Changing our Default

Change is possible when we make our goals feel like easy options.

Shocking Anti-Semitism in Public Schools

Anti-Jewish bullying in Australia draws attention to anti-Semitism in public schools around the globe.

Authors Snubbing Israel

Hundreds of authors are taking a stand in favor of boycotting Israel.

The Shofar of Auschwitz

In a Nazi labor camp, Jewish prisoners blew the shofar on Rosh Hashanah.

Anti-Semitism in Sign Language

The recent controversy over an online sign language dictionary shines a spotlight on anti-Semitic signs.

6 Rosh Hashanah Customs at Home

Ways to connect on Rosh Hashanah when you’re not in synagogue.

Driving Ambulance 360 Miles to Take Sick Husband to Visit his Wife Around the Corner

London Jews drove 360 miles to take an elderly man on a five-minute drive in their ambulance when no other help was available.

Jews Aiding the Bahamas

Jews around the world are working to help Hurricane survivors in the Bahamas.

Edda Servi Machlin and Remembering Jewish Italy

Cookbook writer Edda Servi Machlin, who recently died, recreated the world of her Italian Jewish childhood.

The Surging Violence Against Jews in NY

NY State Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein blasts the silence and urges everyone to condemn hate.

Remembering Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper created an iconic Jewish character.

Mother of Israeli Poetry

Poet Rachel Bluwstein’s life mirrored the rise of the Jewish state.

Remembering Jewish New York

Celebrated historians Myrna and Harvey Frommer died within days of each other. Their work lives on.

Rabbi Manischewitz and His Iconic Company

The 131-year-old Manischewitz Company is being sold.

Israeli Women’s Lacrosse Team’s Amazing Kindness

Israel’s players showed what it means to be a mensch.

10 Jewish Quotes About Kindness

Now is a prime time to increase our acts of kindness.

Baltimore: 6 Jewish Facts

Baltimore is home to one of the country’s most vibrant Jewish communities.

Giving a Dollar a Day

A new Jewish website allows people to easily donate tzedakah each and every day.

Breaking into Auschwitz

Witold Pilecki heroically volunteered to enter Auschwitz where he organized a secret resistance.

4 Jewish Lessons from Lion King

The hit movie draws on timeless Jewish values and stories.

The Non-Jew who Drove 99 Jewish Teenage Boys

A bus driver was told Jewish kids would be ill-behaved; instead they inspired her to take a stand against anti-Semitism.

The Moon: 7 Jewish Facts

The moon is central in Jewish tradition.

Rabbi Reuven Bauman, Hero

The teacher died trying to save a student from drowning in rough seas.

Lucette Lagnado’s Lost Egyptian Jewish World

The award-winning journalist brought the Cairo Jewish community of her childhood to life.

Ice Cream: 6 Jewish Facts

Fun Jewish facts in time for National Ice Cream Day.

World War II Hero Speaks Out

Robert Hilliard wants us to follow his courageous example of standing up for what’s right.

Photographing the Lodz Ghetto

Henryk Ross risked his life to document Nazi atrocities in the Lodz Ghetto.

5 Toxic Conversation Starters

How to bring back civility and respect in our conversation.

Hong Kong and the Jews: 6 Facts

Hong Kong’s vibrant Jewish community mirrors the growth of the city.

Keanu Reeves Doesn’t Touch Women

In photo after photo a viral post shows the actor not touching women.

The Teen Who Got Oregon to Mandate Teaching the Holocaust

Thanks to a 14 year old student and a Holocaust survivor who became her mentor, Oregon schools have a new mandate to teach the Holocaust.

Western Wall Facts & Figures

In celebration of Jerusalem Day.

Holocaust Survivors’ Torment After Liberation

Shocked by the horrific manner U.S. troops were treating survivors, two Jewish American soldiers took matters in their own hands.

The Meaning of Some More Jewish Last Names

Common Jewish names can tell us a great deal about Jewish history and values.

Exploiting a Tragedy to Accuse Israel

Social media posts are distorting a girl’s death to accuse Israel of heartless cruelty.

Herman Wouk and Jewish Tradition

The bestselling author was a staunch defender of Jewish life. He recently passed away at the age of 103.

Rejection Letters to Famous Authors

Even J.K. Rowling was told to give up writing. But she realized that the only path to success is through failure.

The Jewish “King” of Lampedusa

The longest-running Yiddish play featured the incredible true story of a British Jewish hero of WWII.

5 Ways Judaism Honors Mothers

Mothers are honored all year round in Jewish tradition.

Jewish Wishes for the Royal Baby

A Bishop welcomes the newest royal baby with a Jewish twist.

Inspirational Quotes about Jews and Israel

By non-Jewish writers, philosophers and politicians.

Instagram and the Holocaust

An Instagram campaign is bringing home the death of one girl -- and six million other Jews - one compelling post at a time.

Cinco de Mayo and Jewish Freedom

The holiday marks Mexico’s evolution into a haven for persecuted Jews.

Doing Jewish and Responding to Terror

Jews around the world are pledging to do more Jewish acts after the shooting in California.

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