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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.

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.


My Miami Vacation

My Miami Vacation

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What is an LA denizen like me vacationing in Florida?


From Popular to No Friends

From Popular to No Friends

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My teenaged daughter is becoming a recluse and I’m spending all my spare time with her.


Collecting

Collecting

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We all have a desire to exert some control over our chaotic lives.


The Comparison Trap

The Comparison Trap

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Jealousy is when we count someone else’s blessings instead of our own.


Divorce or One Last Chance?

Divorce or One Last Chance?

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After moving out and initiating divorce, my husband is vowing to change. Should I give him another chance?


Chocolate Coconut Brownies

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Cranberry Chestnut Green Beans

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Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Tarts

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Oven-Barbecued Brisket

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My Husband & the Laundromat

My Husband & the Laundromat

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An epic true story of one family and a dryer.


Facebook Jealousy

Facebook Jealousy

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A group of friends went on vacation without me and their numerous Facebook photos are getting to me.


She Just Doesn’t Meet My Needs

She Just Doesn’t Meet My Needs

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We are becoming a society of disposable marriages and relationships.


Divorcing an Ailing Husband

Divorcing an Ailing Husband

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My brother-in-law has a serious degenerative disease. After 30 years of marriage my sister wants to divorce him to continue to live her life.


After the Car Accident

After the Car Accident

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Instead of accusations and anger, my friend performed an astounding act of selflessness and strength.


Official Toilet Paper Roll Changer

Official Toilet Paper Roll Changer

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Why am I the only person in our home who does this?


42,000 Pairs of Shoes

42,000 Pairs of Shoes

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And they can be all yours!


My Son’s Foolish, Immature Decision

My Son’s Foolish, Immature Decision

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At the last moment my son backed out of going on a Birthright trip to Israel. I’m furious.


The Widows in Our Midst

The Widows in Our Midst

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We are admonished to be extra sensitive to and solicitous of widows. But are we?


Released from Jury Duty

Released from Jury Duty

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Joy comes in all types of packages.


Tiger Woods is Turning 40

Tiger Woods is Turning 40

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Don’t sound the death knell just yet.


My Daughter’s Boyfriend

My Daughter’s Boyfriend

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Help! She’s given up her girlfriends and wants to forgo her rare scholarship and switch schools to be with him.


Black Friday

Black Friday

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The focus on sales and consumption is eroding the meaning of Thanksgiving.


Don’t Worry about the Turkey!

Don’t Worry about the Turkey!

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Let’s stop putting pressure on ourselves in areas that don’t really matter.


Resenting Thanksgiving

Resenting Thanksgiving

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I’m expected to cook and host and no one helps. Gratitude is the last thing I’m feeling on Thanksgiving.


Saying No

Saying No

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A test for real friendship.


You Feel Me

You Feel Me

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A moment of connection on a crowded New York street.


My Daughter Ate My Homework

My Daughter Ate My Homework

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Yes kids are the priority, but don’t use that as an excuse to get out of your commitments.


Should We Divorce?

Should We Divorce?

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My husband has addiction and anger issues. What’s best for my kids: stay with him or divorce?


Songs from Our Youth

Songs from Our Youth

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This old blind man knew the entire Torah by heart. I know the words to “The Beverly Hillbillies.”