About the Author


Dr. Yvette Alt Miller

Dr. Alt Miller 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.

Romantic Comedies May Save Your Marriage

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

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.

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.

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.

The Science of Shofar

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

Over the Top Bar Mitzvah Videos

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

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.

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.

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.”

Sticking to Your Resolutions

How to make it past the January hump.

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.

Passover Foods Around the World

Fresh, intensely flavorful Passover recipes from different Jewish communities.

A Letter from Toulouse

Mrs. Sandler urges Jews around the world to do good in memory of the beloved victims.

Purim Foods around the World

Hamentashen are old hat. Try some lesser-known Purim treats.

Lessons for Israel Apartheid Week

My one-woman crusade to boycott human rights abusers.

The Woman in the Park

With all my flaws, am I worthy of love?

Is Break-Fast the Hippest Holiday?

Relating to food on a day with no food.

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