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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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A small idea that could really change the world.


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


Don’t Get Smashed on Purim

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


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


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

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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

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


Playing the Martyr

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


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

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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

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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.


Shine Your Light

Shine Your Light

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Every person has their unique light to bring forth to the world.


The $1 Million Hollywood Bar Mitzvah

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What is driving this kind of insane indulgence?


Lunch at the White House

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The intoxicating allure of power.


A White Lie

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Is it okay to lie in order to not hurt someone’s feelings?


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


My Big Birthday

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Every birthday is an opportunity to reflect and be grateful.


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


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Validated by Facebook

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


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The details show we really care.


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My Husband's Broken Collarbone

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And my lesson in self-centeredness.


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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.


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


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


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


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


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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

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And their resentful wives.


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


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


Internet Trolls

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Ultimately nothing is anonymous.


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


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Petty Thieves

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


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


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God Save the Queen

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


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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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