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.


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.

Rescue in Cleveland

Charles Ramsey’s past doesn’t negate the heroism he showed in rescuing Amanda Berry.

5 Reasons to Choose Jewish Preschool

Early childhood is a great time to expose our kids to Jewish education. The results can last a lifetime.

Boston/Israel Collaboration

An exclusive interview with the head of emergency medicine at Mass. General, and the Israeli doctor who trained them.

Justin Bieber & Anne Frank

Cut him some slack. How many other pop stars are spending their free time learning about the Holocaust?

Confronting Terror in Boston

Learning from Israelis how to respond to terror.

KKK Member Makes Amends

Elwin Wilson, a former KKK member, apologized for his racist past.

Worst Birthday Ever

Justin Bieber and the search for happiness.

Shabbat & Good Health

According to latest research, Shabbat improves mental, physical and emotional health.

Our Most Romantic Year

The worst year in our lives was also our best.

Ed Koch & Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau

“I’m a Holocaust survivor too.”

Middle East News Quiz

Winds of change are blowing through the Middle East. Check your knowledge of recent events.

Sticking to Your Resolutions

How to make it past the January hump.

2102 News from Israel You May Have Missed

2012 was a busy news year. Here are some less-reported stories you might have missed.

Should We Tell the Children?

Talking to your kids about the Connecticut school shooting.

Radio Prank Gone Wrong

Kate Middleton's nurse and the unpredictable consequences of one’s actions.

The Crews Missile: A Reply

Advice to Nick Crews, the disgruntled father who publically blasted his kids for their failures.

7 Special Thanksgiving Flavors

Ideas for bringing Jewish values into your celebration.

Visiting the Sick

Reaching out to others in difficult times.

Find Your Greatness

The power of visualizing change.

The Sikh Temple Shooting

Empathy takes work, but it’s the basis of human decency.

After the Cancer Diagnosis

Ever since my husband was diagnosed with cancer, losing weight seems shockingly frivolous.

Alice Walker & Israel

The Pulitzer Prize winner’s fanatical worldview has morphed into Jew-hatred.

Amazing Israeli Medical Breakthroughs

Modern Israeli inventions are giving handicapped people new hope.

6 Questions for Mother’s Day

Using the day to reflect on the goals you have for your family.

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