About the Author


Emuna Braverman

Please check out Emuna’s new book A Diamond for Your Daughter – A Parent’s Guide to Navigating Shidduchim Effectively, available through Judaica Press

Emuna Braverman has a law degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters in in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She lives with her husband and nine children in Los Angeles where they both work for Aish HaTorah. When she isn''t writing for the Internet or taking care of her family, Emuna teaches classes on Judaism, organizes gourmet kosher cooking groups and hosts many Shabbos guests. She is the cofounder of www.gourmetkoshercooking.com.

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Everything I Know about Animal Behavior I Learned at the Apple Store

I’m still reeling from my experience at the Apple store.

What a Difference Sincere Gratitude Makes

In business and in every aspect of our lives.

Save Your Marriage before Having Another Child

He desperately wants another child; she doesn’t.

The Xmas Tree and the Menorah

It’s wonderful that the U.S. is so welcoming but we can never forget the risk of forgetting who we are and what we stand for.

Home for the Holidays: Dread or Excitement?

It’s never perfect, because how could it be?

A Response to Recent Tragedies: 8 Questions for 8 Nights

How can we counter the darkness and bring light to the world?

It Only Takes a Moment

We can touch another person’s life in just a moment.

You Need a Vacation

How I really recharge my batteries.

Support for Jews across America

If this stranger believes that we enrich this country, I better get down to work and make sure that her words ring true.

Peter Weintraub: Quiet Greatness

Peter gave us the gift of his friendship and his loyalty even under the most adverse circumstances.

When Your Spouse has a Different Love Language

I crave physical affection and I’m not getting it.

We Have No Idea What Others Are Going Through

I used be very judgmental until an encounter opened my eyes and radically changed my perspective.

The Third Party

There's no room in a marriage for an additional man or woman.

I Decide who Gets Assistance to Jewish Day School Tuition

I try to be compassionate but when I see vacation photos on Facebook my blood boils.

When Your Defenses are Down

How to be your best self even when your exhausted and tired.

Food, Glorious Food!: Thoughts on Eating 20 Holiday Meals

Food can be misused or abused, but it can also create wonderful family memories and experiences.

Help! I’ve Got Some Real Issues with My Child’s School!

New school year and a new set of problems to deal with.

Sukkot: Leaving It All Behind

Sitting outside beneath the starry sky, vulnerable to the elements, stop to think about how little we need in the material world.

Realistic Expectations this Yom Kippur

This year I'm finally changing my approach to frustrating situations.

Putting Yourself on the Line

My newfound appreciation of first responders who are constantly risking their lives to help people.

My Treadmill Routine is Preparing Me for Rosh Hashanah

The trainer went on and on, encouraging, cajoling, pushing. “You can do it!” And you know what? It works.

Getting Away with the Bare Minimum

Whether it’s hotel service or our attitude towards Judaism, this is not the way to get the greatest experience.

When Old Friends Limit You

Don’t let old labels pull you down.

Struggling with Infertility and Grandparents Keep Pushing Us to Start a Family

How do I learn to accept their insensitive comments and not let them bother me so much?

Let Your Kids Choose Their Own Clothes

It’s good for their independence and it doesn’t matter what other people will think.

Treating Everyone Fairly Despite our Differing Viewpoints

Americans can learn a lot from Israeli doctors.

Oscar’s Legacy

After the death of their young son, Sharon and Roberto Litwak are bringing joy and comfort to sick kids with mobile play stations.

The Offended Feminist

A disgruntled relative is causing a ruckus and marring the celebration of our son’s major milestone.

Saving Rabbi Sacks

The Italian man who saved the rabbi from drowning had no idea that he was impacting world Jewry.

My 12-Hour Flight from NY to LA

Was I going to let my nightmare flight home spoil our whole trip?

How Do I Know When Enough is Enough?

Should I give up our extra income to once again save my adult son and his family?

Inspiration from an Unlikely Source

Using our failures as a spur to further growth.

In Israel All Jews Feel like Family

Outside of Israel it’s so easy to forget that the Jewish people is one big family.

The Absurdity of Being Jealous of One’s Spouse

My husband and I are one. Being jealous of him is like being jealous of my arm.

If Our Phone Calls were Broadcasted

My friend’s daughter was listening carefully to every word she said, including the ones about her and her brother.

Help! My Husband Can’t Wake Up in the Morning

My amazing husband has one major issue: he struggles with waking up on time for work, and nothing is helping.

Undercover Boss: An Amazing Lesson in Kindness

An inspiring true story that brought me to tears.

Why Do I Treat a Roommate Better than My Husband?

A week of rooming with my friend highlighted the discrepancy and showed me a roadmap for improvement.

Grabbing the Candy

Why do kids want to own tons of candy that they’re not all that interested in eating?

Frazzled Mom Pulled in All Directions

Help! Every child needs me, I'm completely overwhelmed and at a loss how to balance it all.

Moms’ Secret Stash of Goodies

There are few things more frustrating at the end of a draining day than discovering that the "comfort" treat you've been dreaming of gone.

Renewed Hope from Small-Town America

This past week reminded me that people can, in fact, be good.

Baseball Vulgarity

The guy sitting behind me and my grandson was constantly screaming in our ears and every other word was cursing.

My Wife Spends Too Much Money

And every month we argue about it.

Connecting in Death Valley

What we share as individuals and as a nation is so much more than what we don’t.

The Poker Windfall and My Greedy Boss

My boss gave his seat to my husband at a charity poker event, and he won! Now he insists on splitting the pot.

Who Needs Mouth Guards?

Living with so much stress, we need to strengthen our faith and trust muscles.

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