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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.

Speech-less

Speech-less

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We seem to be living in a world of increasing indifference and selfishness.


My Big Birthday

My Big Birthday

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Every birthday is an opportunity to reflect and be grateful.


My Emotionally Distant Mom

My Emotionally Distant Mom

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My mother constantly complains and criticizes instead of giving me love.


Validated by Facebook

Validated by Facebook

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I was shocked to discover how much I care about what people say about me on Facebook.


Why All the Details in Judaism?

Why All the Details in Judaism?

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The details show we really care.


My Husband's Broken Collarbone

My Husband's Broken Collarbone

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And my lesson in self-centeredness.


Should We Incur Debt for a Family Vacation?

Should We Incur Debt for a Family Vacation?

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My husband wants to plan a big family trip that we can’t afford. He thinks it’s important; I don’t.


Rude or Misunderstood?

Rude or Misunderstood?

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The stranger who yelled at my husband and the perils of misjudging others.


Sukkot: Elevating the Physical

Sukkot: Elevating the Physical

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How to inject meaning and purpose in your holiday while shopping and cooking.


Manhandling My Kids

Manhandling My Kids

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My husband has been violent with our children. How do I stop his abhorrent behavior?


Mourning in Los Angeles

Mourning in Los Angeles

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The death of an 11-year-old boy rocks our community.


Tackling My Anxiety this New Year

Tackling My Anxiety this New Year

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This Rosh Hashanah, I’m working on overcoming my worry and genuinely trusting the Almighty.


Show Up and Show You Care

Show Up and Show You Care

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Don’t sell yourself short. Going to that wedding or shiva house does make a real difference.


Non-Working Husbands

Non-Working Husbands

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And their resentful wives.


Spiritual Boot Camp

Spiritual Boot Camp

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God, my son’s Israeli commander and preparing for Rosh Hashanah.


The U.S. Election is Straining our Marriage

The U.S. Election is Straining our Marriage

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Help! We're on different sides and things are starting to get hostile.


Internet Trolls

Internet Trolls

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Ultimately nothing is anonymous.


My Boring Bucket List

My Boring Bucket List

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If it’s not going to appear on my tombstone, it’s not going to appear on my bucket list.


Expensive Wine, Poor Parenting

Expensive Wine, Poor Parenting

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Taken out for dinner by friends, what would you do if your child ordered a very expensive bottle of wine?


Petty Thieves

Petty Thieves

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Eating at a restaurant of staying at a hotel does not entitle us to take their bathroom fixtures.


My Husband Doesn’t Compliment Me

My Husband Doesn’t Compliment Me

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Should I give up on hoping for spontaneous compliments? Is this a man thing?


Tuning In to the Almighty

Tuning In to the Almighty

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It starts by choosing to do only one thing at a time.


Opening Your Eyes to Awe

Opening Your Eyes to Awe

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Holding on to our sense of curiosity and awe, because it opens our minds and links us to the Almighty.


God Save the Queen

God Save the Queen

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My recent trip to London gave me a glimmer of understanding of what the monarchy means.


Work and Having Children

Work and Having Children

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My husband and I want to start a family but we both love our intense jobs and neither one of us is ready to give our job.


Jews Take Care of Each Other

Jews Take Care of Each Other

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A recent Shabbos experience in Europe reminded how privileged it is to be a part of the Jewish nation.


Food Obsession

Food Obsession

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It’s hard to imagine that it was once considered undignified to talk about food. Maybe we are missing something.


My Overly Sensitive Husband

My Overly Sensitive Husband

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My husband is very sensitive and gives comfort to others in pain. But he takes things too personally and can fly off the handle.


Breaking Our News Addiction

Breaking Our News Addiction

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Can you go two weeks without following the news?


Dear Emuna, You’re Wrong!

Dear Emuna, You’re Wrong!

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A few words of praise go a long way.


Eavesdropping on the Subway

Eavesdropping on the Subway

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I could not believe what I was hearing.


After Physical Abuse, Can My Marriage Heal?

After Physical Abuse, Can My Marriage Heal?

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He is in counseling and working very hard on changing. Am I being a fool to stay and hope that he can change?


Preventing the Next Heart Attack

Preventing the Next Heart Attack

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Embracing the uncomfortable realization that we are never fully in control.


My Husband Doesn’t Care about My Feelings

My Husband Doesn’t Care about My Feelings

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He is too busy running after his desires to really invest in our marriage.


Divorced Couples Need Our Empathy

Divorced Couples Need Our Empathy

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With all its inherent pain, most couples do not treat divorce cavalierly.


Our Children are Watching

Our Children are Watching

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What are we teaching our kids when parents are screaming and cursing during a soccer match?


You Give, You Will Care

You Give, You Will Care

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If we will really invest, we will come to care – about anything.


Unhappily Living Abroad

Unhappily Living Abroad

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I want to move but my husband refuses to discuss it. The stress is hurting me.


Dreaming of Anatevka

Dreaming of Anatevka

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I don’t long for the days of pogroms and poverty. But I do miss not having all my kids and grandkids living nearby.


Cravings

Cravings

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Desiring what we cannot have.


Losing My Daughter to Israel

Losing My Daughter to Israel

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My only daughter became religious, met a guy and plans on moving to Israel. I am devastated.


Our Scary Uber Driver

Our Scary Uber Driver

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We felt in danger but oddly did nothing about it.


Preparing Early for Passover

Preparing Early for Passover

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If ever there were a time for zeal and over-preparation, Passover is it.


My Severe Mid-Life Crisis

My Severe Mid-Life Crisis

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After 34 years of being happily married, it’s all going to pot. Nothing is making me happy.


Is There Such a Thing as Me Time?

Is There Such a Thing as Me Time?

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There are people in need at every place, at any time, and we can’t ignore them.


Learning from Uber

Learning from Uber

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Three timely lessons about kindness, taught by Uber drivers (really).


Woman on the Verge

Woman on the Verge

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We may not be able to control our instinctive response but we can prevent it from coming to fruition.


Advice for Parents of Teens

Advice for Parents of Teens

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Insults, disrespect and bad attitude, these parents are feeling out of their league.


Losing Purim in All the Hamantashen

Losing Purim in All the Hamantashen

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There is a point where we are too busy trying out the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel hamantashen that we forget the purpose of the holiday.


Raccoons and Construction Workers

Raccoons and Construction Workers

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There is always something or someone over my head.