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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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Sports, Politics and Our Search for Meaning

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When sports and politics become a distraction from the real challenges in our lives.


Husbands First: Practical Ways to Show He’s #1

Husbands First: Practical Ways to Show He’s #1

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Despite our busy schedules and without becoming a Stepford wife.


Au Pair in the Home: Should I Trust My Husband?

Au Pair in the Home: Should I Trust My Husband?

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I’m not sure I want a young, attractive woman as a fixture in our home. Am I being paranoid?


Is Your Marriage the Top Priority?

Is Your Marriage the Top Priority?

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Why do we have a tough time putting our husbands first?


The Small Parts

The Small Parts

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It’s the seemingly trivial acts that make us who we really are.


A New Look at those Dreadful Holiday Letters

A New Look at those Dreadful Holiday Letters

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Who knew the Facebook “humble brag” could actually be a force for good?


Credit and Blame in Parenting

Credit and Blame in Parenting

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Like it or not, your children have free will.


Stop Playing the Martyr

Stop Playing the Martyr

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Husbands are not mind readers. If we want help, we should ask for it.


Don’t Interfere and Defend Your Child

Don’t Interfere and Defend Your Child

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We will almost never be successful, and we may do more harm than good.


Losing Faith

Losing Faith

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My son has a chronic disease and is becoming bitter. How do I help him?


Rav Shteinman’s No Eulogy Request

Rav Shteinman’s No Eulogy Request

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Why I think it’s a good practice to emulate.


Heroes Aren’t Perfect

Heroes Aren’t Perfect

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And neither are we. So let’s cut them – and ourselves – some slack.


Honey, I Learned This in a Marriage Book

Honey, I Learned This in a Marriage Book

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Should you tell your spouse you’re doing something because you got the advice from a book?


My Life, Disrupted

My Life, Disrupted

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I went from over-achiever to someone absorbed with medical issues mourning the life I’ve lost. How do I move on?


More Scary Tales from the Grocery Store

More Scary Tales from the Grocery Store

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The cashier didn’t acknowledge my existence and here’s why it matters.


The Quick Fix

The Quick Fix

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Just read this article and all your problems will be solved, just like that.


Hanukkah and Attaining True Greatness

Hanukkah and Attaining True Greatness

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Consistency and relentless long-term dedication make all the difference in the world.


The First Scratch Is the Hardest

The First Scratch Is the Hardest

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Best to just get it over with and then focus on the pleasure.


Dear Emuna: How Do I Fulfill My Wife’s Needs?

Dear Emuna: How Do I Fulfill My Wife’s Needs?

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I provide her with everything but it doesn’t seem to be enough!


Home of the First Snowmobile

Home of the First Snowmobile

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We all have a need to feel that we matter.


How to Really Talk with Your Kids

How to Really Talk with Your Kids

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For starters, do not ask them, “How was your day?”


Your Child Got Divorced?!

Your Child Got Divorced?!

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I am astounded by people’s utter lack of sensitivity.


Father Patrick Desbois: One Man’s Fight to Uncover the Holocaust

Father Patrick Desbois: One Man’s Fight to Uncover...

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His efforts have unearthed 2,700 extermination sites where over 1,000,000 Jews have been buried.


A Real Estate Brokerage Embodying Jewish Values

A Real Estate Brokerage Embodying Jewish Values

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Anthony Marguleas’ real estate company donates 10% for every home sold. He wants others to do the same.


The Irate Customer

The Irate Customer

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A heated argument at my local grocer reminded me how easy it is to completely lose it.


The Problem with Public Displays of Affection

The Problem with Public Displays of Affection

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Constant PDAs cheapen intimacy.


He’s Outdoorsy, I’m Not

He’s Outdoorsy, I’m Not

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And our friends are discouraging us from getting married.


Stop. It’s a Beautiful World

Stop. It’s a Beautiful World

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Appreciating breathtaking beauty does not come easily to me.


I Want to Stop Giving Wedding Presents

I Want to Stop Giving Wedding Presents

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I’m tired of giving gifts and not receiving any word of thanks.


Don’t Listen to Anna Wintour

Don’t Listen to Anna Wintour

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Who says we have to accept society’s definition of beauty?


Into the Desert

Into the Desert

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Reconciling the spiritual and the physical during the holiday of Sukkot.


Don’t Let Your Mistakes Define You

Don’t Let Your Mistakes Define You

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Like the professional athlete, you’ve got to get back into the game and play to win.


Are You a Social Justice Warrior?

Are You a Social Justice Warrior?

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It takes a lot more than posting something on Twitter.


My Front Garden Is Not a Garbage Dump!

My Front Garden Is Not a Garbage Dump!

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So why do people have no problem throwing their trash there?


Think for Yourself: Good Advice Not Just for Harvard Students

Think for Yourself: Good Advice Not Just for...

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Real learning begins when we leave the echo chamber.


Dear Emuna: Critical Mother-In-Law

Dear Emuna: Critical Mother-In-Law

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She constantly criticizes me and my husband. If she doesn’t apologize I don’t think I can have a relationship with her.


Waking Up for Rosh Hashanah

Waking Up for Rosh Hashanah

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Don’t live your life by rote.


The Overprotective Mom in the Park

The Overprotective Mom in the Park

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By turning a simple playground challenge into a traumatic situation requiring medical attention, she was disabling him.


My Amazing Payback for Keeping My Big Mouth Shut

My Amazing Payback for Keeping My Big Mouth Shut

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Everyone has one great airline story. Here’s mine.


Dear Emuna: I Can’t Stand My Neighbor’s Loud Dog

Dear Emuna: I Can’t Stand My Neighbor’s Loud Dog

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Plus practical advice to a daughter whose aging father has moved nearby and is suddenly very dependent on her.


Facing My Inevitable Death as I Grow Older

Facing My Inevitable Death as I Grow Older

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This article is invigorating, not depressing!


It Never Rains in California in the Summer

It Never Rains in California in the Summer

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And then suddenly, one day, it did.


Dear Emuna: I Hate Summer!

Dear Emuna: I Hate Summer!

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Help! I miss the routine, I miss knowing when bedtime is, I miss having a little time to myself.


You <i>Cannot</i> Be Anything You Want

You Cannot Be Anything You Want

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We all have limitations. Deal with it.


Sometimes It Really Is Just a Phase

Sometimes It Really Is Just a Phase

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Don’t make a bad mood more than it is.


Words of Wisdom from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

Words of Wisdom from Supreme Court Chief Justice...

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Taking your ego out of the equation.


Sharing Your Spouse’s Interests (Even When You Really Don’t)

Sharing Your Spouse’s Interests (Even When You...

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If it’s important to him, I try to make it important to me.


No One’s Perfect

No One’s Perfect

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I’ve been too judgmental lately.


Dear Emuna: Married Lonely Hearts Club

Dear Emuna: Married Lonely Hearts Club

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Advice to two wives who, for different reasons, feel lonely at home.


Trump and Other Topics I Refuse to Talk About

Trump and Other Topics I Refuse to Talk About

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We are given only a certain number of words to use in our lifetime. Don’t waste them.