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.


The Meaning of 7 Common Jewish Words

A deeper look behind some common Jewish words like chutzpah, oy vey and yarmulke.

Catherine the Great and the Jews: 5 Facts

The famous ruler created the Pale of Settlement and shaped Jewish life for generations.

5 Amazing, Iconic Jewish Cookies

Five iconic Jewish cookies – and recipes – that reflect the vicissitudes of Jewish history and the resourcefulness of Jewish cooks.

West Side Story: 7 Jewish Facts

The beloved musical has a rich Jewish history.

The One-Woman Battle Against Pro-Nazi Bias on Wikipedia

For years Ksenia Coffman has been fighting to correct pro-Nazi distortions on Wikipedia.

Returning $1,000 Floating in the Air

Two Chicago teens found $1,000 blowing in the wind outside their Jewish school.

6 Ways Jews Shaped Thanksgiving

How Jews helped to create the quintessential American holiday.

SS Guard who Fell in Love with a Jew in Auschwitz

A new documentary tells the story of a grotesque romance that saved lives.

20 More Jewish Celebrities

Well-known figures you may not know are Jews.

The Dreyfus Affair: 5 Important Facts for Today

The world’s first museum devoted to Alfred Dreyfus’ trial just opened in Paris. Its lessons are needed today.

Did You Know They’re Jewish?

23 Jewish celebrities and historical figures, past and present.

Jews and Yogurt: 5 Little-Known Facts

Plus two amazing Jewish yogurt recipes.

Searching for Jews Saved by the Angel of Budapest

Spanish diplomat Angel Sanz Briz saved 5,000 Jews. Spain now is trying to contact their descendants.

James Bond: 5 Jewish Facts

Ian Fleming's antisemitism and other ways Jews loomed large in the world of 007.

5 Facts About Babi Yar

The Babi Yar massacre, among the worst Nazi crimes, occurred 80 years ago.

97-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor is a Viral Sensation on TikTok

Videos by Holocaust Lily Ebert and her great grandson Dov are reaching millions of people, teaching them about the Holocaust.

Heroism and the Ghost Army of WWII

Gilbert Seltzer, a veteran of a top secret Ghost Army troops, has died.

Ida Nudel: 4 Life Lessons

The diminutive giant defied the Soviet Union to move to Israel.

How an Imprisoned Jewish Doctor Invented a Typhus Vaccine in Buchenwald

And kept his groundbreaking discovery a secret from the Nazis.

7 Rosh Hashanah Projects to Do at Home with Your Kids

My favorite Rosh Hashanah projects to do with children, from preschool through high school.

Reflections of an Afghan Jew

Born in the Afghan city of Herat, Ahoova Gol Zeffren is a descendant of an Afghan rabbinic dynasty.

4 Reasons to Join a Synagogue this Year

Why I’m renewing my synagogue membership, and why you should too.

Ghetto Baby: Child Survivor of the Holocaust

Born in the Radom ghetto and hidden in an orphanage, Dr. Charles Silver survived the Holocaust as a baby.

Tahina: History, Facts and Recipes for the Versatile Israeli Food

Discover why tahina is one of Israel’s most popular foods.

The Last Two Nazis on Trial

Two upcoming trials in Germany are likely the last trials of Nazi camp workers.

Simone Biles' Withdrawal from the Olympics Sends Clear Message to Prioritize Mental Health

The Olympic athlete is a champion on how to deal with your mental well-being.

Why Iranian Judo Athlete Dedicated His Silver Medal to Israel

Saeid Mollaei sent a heartfelt message to Israelis: Todah.

X Troop: The Top-Secret Jewish Commandos of WWII

A new book sheds light on a secret unit drawn from refugees whose deep-rooted hatred of Hitler would ensure they were a passionate fighting force.

Jackie Mason’s Life and Jokes

The comic, who has died at 93, was a keen observer of Jewish life in America.

Ben & Jerry’s Unfair Boycott of Israel

The ice cream makers are wrong to single Israel out for criticism.

Montreal's Days of Shame: When 75 Doctors Went on Strike until a Jewish Doctor Resigned

In 1934, doctors in five hospitals walked off the job rather than work with a Jew.

The Church of England's Too-Late Apology to the Jews

The Church of England is repenting for its past actions persecuting England’s Jews. Better late than never.

Rabbi Stabbed in Boston

Rabbi Shlomo Noginski was stabbed outside a Jewish summer camp filled with children.

7 Essential Items for Every Jewish Home

Simple ways to infuse your home with Jewish meaning.

Israeli Aid Worker Comforts Families in Florida

An interview with Itzik Itach who is part of the Israeli contingent searching for survivors and counseling families.

First Chief Rabbi in German Army in 100 Years

An exclusive interview with Rabbi Zsolt Balla, who’s just been installed as Germany’s first Jewish Chaplain in over a century.

At the Frontlines in Surfside

Interviews with volunteers from the Jewish community who are helping victims of the disaster in Florida.

Banning Israeli Food Truck in Philadelphia

When an Israeli food truck was disinvited to a food festival, supporters stepped in to protest.

Germany’s Other Genocide: Dress Rehearsal for the Holocaust

Germany recently acknowledged it committed genocide in present-day Namibia.

Bestselling Author Brad Meltzer Teaches New Generation about Anne Frank

His most personal book, Meltzer wrote I am Anne Frank as a way to combat global Jew-hatred.

In the Heights: 6 Jewish Facts about Washington Heights

Little known facts about the setting for the new movie musical.

5 Strategies to Help Israel Win the Online Battle

An expert on diplomacy and social media suggests ways we all can help Israel.

US Cabinet Member Sworn in on 500-Yr-Old Jewish Text

Scientific Advisor Dr. Eric Lander is inspired by the ancient words of Rabbi Tarfon found in Ethics of the Fathers.

Eric Carle’s Complicated Legacy: 4 Jewish Lessons

Timeless lessons from the beloved author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Israeli Salad!

This ubiquitous salad captures the flavors of the Jewish state.

Chicago Israel Rally Turns Violent

Hamas sympathizers attacked a peaceful rally organized by students.

Jewish Woman Photographing Resistance Fighters

Faye Schulman’s photographs are a rare glimpse into the life of Jewish partisan fighters during World War II.

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