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.


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.

The American Jew who Smuggled Holocaust Survivors to Israel

The true story of the secret operation to ferry thousands of desperate Holocaust survivors to Israel.

Sarah Halimi’s Murder: Masking Jew Hatred in France

French police refusal to call the murder of an Orthodox woman by a Muslim a hate crime is causing an uproar.

Faye Kellerman’s Orthodox Characters Bring Judaism to the Masses

The bestselling mystery author serves up a dose of Jewish life and insight in the midst of her suspenseful who-done-its.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Jewish Great-Grandson

Nicholas Tolkien is an observant Jew whose new play about the Holocaust just opened in New York.

Caretaker of Venice’s Jewish Cemeteries

Long neglected, Aldo Izzo is restoring Venice's centuries-old Jewish cemeteries.

Super-Fast and Easy Shabbat Recipes

How to whip up delicious Shabbat meals quickly and easily, no matter how little time you have to prepare.

Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for 10 Students for Obscene Comments

The university’s controversial decision is teaching an important lesson about the consequences of our words.

Surprising Jewish Origins of Six Common Sayings

You’ll never see these expressions in quite the same way again.

Talking to Our Children after Attack at Ariana Grande Concert

Terror just hit home. Here’s how you can help your children.

The Secret Schindler: Mauricio Hochschild

Newly discovered documents reveal that a reviled Bolivian tycoon was one of the greatest heroes of the Holocaust who rescued over 9,000 Jews.

The Lancet Admits Its Error

Three years after its libel against Israel, the medical journal sets things right.

10 Yiddish Sayings about Jewish Mothers

Great lines to share on mother’s day.

Jewish Mother: Badge of Shame or Pride?

It’s time to drop the negative stereotypes and reclaim the title Jewish mother.

Queen Elizabeth's Mother-in-Law Saved Jews during the Holocaust

The incredible story of Princess Alice of Battenberg.

10 Little Known Facts about Einstein

Including what he considered to be his greatest day.

Emma Lazarus, the Jews and Israel

The famous U.S. poet fought for Jewish rights and helped spark the Zionist movement.

5 Remote Jewish Communities

A majority of Jews live in Israel but millions of Jews remain scattered across the globe. Here are five little-known Jewish communities.

Jews and France: 11 Interesting Facts

As France heads to the polls, here are some fascinating points about Jews and France through the ages.

Joyce Azria: Fashion Icon and Orthodox Jew

The energetic designer’s journey from Chanel to Shabbat.

Rabbi Beaten in the Ukraine Dies

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch worked tirelessly to rebuild Jewish life in Ukraine.

9 Facts about Jews and Egypt

Jews’ turbulent relationship with Egypt over thousands of years.

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