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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.

Hanukkah and Hope

Hanukkah and Hope

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Yes, the world is dark but we have the power to light it up.


A Gift Gone Wrong

A Gift Gone Wrong

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How do you explain this disturbing lack of gratitude?


Kalman Levine: In Memoriam

Kalman Levine: In Memoriam

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Making the pain personal.


Dear Emuna: Introducing Shabbat to Our Teens

Dear Emuna: Introducing Shabbat to Our Teens

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I want our family to start having Shabbat dinners, but I’m concerned my teenaged kids will be resentful.


Foodie

Foodie

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When you are living to eat.


Groggy Morning Emails

Groggy Morning Emails

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How my day got ruined by one annoying message.


Free Spirit Vs. Authority

Free Spirit Vs. Authority

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My smart daughter got a free pass in school. How do I teach her to listen to authority as she enters the real world?


Celebrating Birthdays

Celebrating Birthdays

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They are a powerful time for reflection.


In the Moment

In the Moment

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We are too busy posing and snapping to just savor today.


Insidious Ads

Insidious Ads

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This ad hurts us more than we think.


Differences: Source of Conflict or Appreciation?

Differences: Source of Conflict or Appreciation?

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Managing personality clashes in parenting, marriage and friends.


Parenting’s Dirty Secret

Parenting’s Dirty Secret

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How to go from hyper-parenting to calm-parenting.


Suddenly, Divorce

Suddenly, Divorce

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My wife of two months just told me she wants a divorce.


Derek Jeter is a Mensch

Derek Jeter is a Mensch

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And why that is big news.


Glory Days

Glory Days

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Don’t live in the past. The best is yet to come!


Bad-Mouthing My Ex-Wife

Bad-Mouthing My Ex-Wife

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My ex-wife’s behavior is hurting our daughters and I’m having a hard time stopping myself from saying what I really think.


Sticking to Your Resolution

Sticking to Your Resolution

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Just because I did it imperfectly today is not a reason to give up the fight.


My Father’s Affair

My Father’s Affair

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I‘m pretty sure my father is having an affair. Should I tell my mother?


Don’t Dread Rosh Hashanah

Don’t Dread Rosh Hashanah

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Unencumbered by past mistakes, now is the time to start anew.


Am I a Grinch?

Am I a Grinch?

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I don’t want to strike up personal conversation with the salesperson.


Courtesy No Extra Cost

Courtesy No Extra Cost

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My negative encounter with an airline agent.


Dragged into Parents' Marital Problems

Dragged into Parents' Marital Problems

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Help! My mother insists on telling me all the negative things about my father.


Marriage & Mystery

Marriage & Mystery

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Maintaining a sense of mystery in today’s oversharing world.


The Art of Saying Thank You

The Art of Saying Thank You

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How to show appreciation.


Dishing the Dirt

Dishing the Dirt

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Should I tell my friend some negative information about the man she is dating?


Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract

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This couple has nothing common. What is the secret to their happy marriage?


Compulsive Eating

Compulsive Eating

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Help! I am sabotaging my efforts to control my eating and can’t lose weight.


Why You Have What I Want

Why You Have What I Want

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This is the surefire path to misery.


The 9th of Av in Rome

The 9th of Av in Rome

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The most powerful Tisha B’Av I have ever experienced.


It’s Not Business as Usual

It’s Not Business as Usual

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Do something daily to identify with the pain Israelis are going through.


Should We Cancel our Trip to Israel?

Should We Cancel our Trip to Israel?

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I’m scared to visit Israel now and want to cancel, but my husband is adamant about going.


Are We Desensitized to Joy?

Are We Desensitized to Joy?

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Have you ever complained about receiving too many wedding and bar mitzvah invitations?


Hijacked Wedding

Hijacked Wedding

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Help! I’m the one getting married but my parents think this is their wedding, not mine.


An Extraordinary Wedding

An Extraordinary Wedding

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Two young adults with Down syndrome got married and we witnessed a miracle.


Road Rage

Road Rage

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What did I do to merit such hostility?


My One Hour Mini-Vacation

My One Hour Mini-Vacation

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All it took was a change in perspective.


Facebook and Privacy

Facebook and Privacy

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After posting photos of a party, two friends who weren’t invited stopped talking to me.


Dress Code

Dress Code

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Being seen as people, not objects.


Kids & Priorities

Kids & Priorities

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How important is that internship in Kenya?


Taken for a Ride

Taken for a Ride

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One mother refuses to carpool and help out. The rest of us are feeling resentful.


Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

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There’s a good reason the army cares about those hospital corners. Judaism does too.


Helpmate

Helpmate

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The story of Ruth is inspirational. The story of Naomi could have been also.


I’m So Embarrassed!

I’m So Embarrassed!

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Help! I love my parents but I think they are an embarrassment.


Falling Out of Love

Falling Out of Love

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We are not passive victims to life’s circumstances.


You’re Grounded

You’re Grounded

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This wasn’t one of our best parenting moments.


Becoming Too Jewish

Becoming Too Jewish

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I’m exploring my Jewish roots and bringing more spirituality into our lives, but my husband wants no part of it.


Selling Ritalin

Selling Ritalin

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Kids are selling their Ritalin to classmates who crave the extra focus to do better on their exams.


Caring about Wrinkles

Caring about Wrinkles

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Comparing myself to those who are taller, richer, healthier and who have smoother skin.


Dogs over Motherhood

Dogs over Motherhood

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Puppies are a lot easier.


Fears of Abuse

Fears of Abuse

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Is my friend in an abusive marriage?