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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.

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.


(Not) Dressed for the Prom

(Not) Dressed for the Prom

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What message are we giving our daughters when we pay for revealing dresses that objectify their body?


Why the Messiah Must be on His Way

Why the Messiah Must be on His Way

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My unforgettable encounter with unadulterated innocence, sincerity and truth.


Hostile Words

Hostile Words

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My neighbor accused me of being a thief.


Don’t Say It’s Too Late

Don’t Say It’s Too Late

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Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?


Helping My Unhappy Sister

Helping My Unhappy Sister

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How can I prevent my sister from engaging in self-pity and help her be more grateful?


Feeling the Awe on Shavuot

Feeling the Awe on Shavuot

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Start by taking a walk with a two-year-old.


This Isn’t the Life I Ordered

This Isn’t the Life I Ordered

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You may be right. But it’s the one you’ve got and it’s your job to make the best of it.


Criticizing My Husband

Criticizing My Husband

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I knew I was blowing it as the words came out of my mouth.


Yelling at Joe Biden’s Teacher

Yelling at Joe Biden’s Teacher

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His mother showed him that she has his back, but was that enough?


Changing vs Accepting My Husband

Changing vs Accepting My Husband

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Empathy? You knew who I was when you married me.


Groundhog Day Revisited

Groundhog Day Revisited

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Why do I find every morning, afternoon and evening to be the same?


Sheryl Sandberg on Her Husband’s Death

Sheryl Sandberg on Her Husband’s Death

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The Facebook COO’s new book on facing adversity and finding joy is full of insight and wisdom.


Breaking Routine

Breaking Routine

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Multi-tasking may be touted as a female trait but it seems to have missed me!


The Line Outside My Bedroom Door

The Line Outside My Bedroom Door

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If only I had an ensuite bathroom!


Women Want Empathy, Men Crave Affirmation

Women Want Empathy, Men Crave Affirmation

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My new insight regarding differences between my husband and me.


Ladies, Don’t Lose Sight of the Essence of Passover

Ladies, Don’t Lose Sight of the Essence of...

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I’d rather organize my cupboards than look at the ways I still need to grow.


Mike Pence and Dining with Other Women

Mike Pence and Dining with Other Women

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The VP won't eat alone with a woman other than his wife. Instead of condemning him, I think we should applaud him.


Help! My Mother Won’t Leave Our House

Help! My Mother Won’t Leave Our House

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My mother lacks boundaries and never leaves when she comes to visit.


My Goal This Passover Seder

My Goal This Passover Seder

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To simply tell our children the incredible story of what God did for us when He took us out of the slavery in Egypt.


Giving and Receiving Compliments

Giving and Receiving Compliments

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A small idea that could really change the world.


That Jerk is Also Created in the Image of God

That Jerk is Also Created in the Image of God

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“I love humanity; it’s just people I can’t stand.”


Don’t Get Smashed on Purim

Don’t Get Smashed on Purim

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Getting rip-roaring drunk misses the whole point of Purim.


Alcohol Themed Recipes for Purim

Alcohol Themed Recipes for Purim

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Let Tequila, Bloody Mary and Pina Colada grace your table.


Should You Always Express How You Feel?

Should You Always Express How You Feel?

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If we have to choose between being inauthentic and kind or authentic and nasty, I would go with inauthentic every time.


Caught in the Middle of My Fighting Parents

Caught in the Middle of My Fighting Parents

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I am sick of holding my parents’ failing marriage on my shoulders.


Facebook Rats

Facebook Rats

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Stop pressing the lever.


Juicy Piece of Gossip

Juicy Piece of Gossip

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Applying the 24-hour rule to sharing gossip.


How Can I Give Advice?

How Can I Give Advice?

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With too many variables and unknowns, how do I know what’s right for you, your husband or your child?


Tu B’Shvat: Cooking with the 7 Species

Tu B’Shvat: Cooking with the 7 Species

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Delicious recipes from pomegranate cheesecake to split pea and barley soup.


Playing the Martyr

Playing the Martyr

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I’ve been violating every marriage and parenting principle I know.


Frustrated Husbands

Frustrated Husbands

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One is fed up with his overweight wife, and the other can’t understand how their marriage began to fall apart.


Thai Recipes You Must Try at Home

Thai Recipes You Must Try at Home

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Fun, interesting and totally yummy dishes to spice up your menu.


Telling Kids What to Do

Telling Kids What to Do

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Are parents afraid to teach their young kids values and proper behavior in a clear, unambiguous manner?


Why Vince Lombardi Was Wrong

Why Vince Lombardi Was Wrong

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Lessons from playing Foosball with my grandson.


Daughter-in-Law Badmouthing My Son

Daughter-in-Law Badmouthing My Son

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My daughter-in-law talks to me negatively about my son. How do I set a boundary?


Words and Marriage

Words and Marriage

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What you say and how you say it make a huge difference, especially in marriage.


The Best Of

The Best Of

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What we can learn from year-end Top 10 lists.


It’s Not about the Donuts

It’s Not about the Donuts

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Don’t let the UN vote get you down this Hanukkah.