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.


Grabbing the Candy

Why do kids want to own tons of candy that they’re not all that interested in eating?

Frazzled Mom Pulled in All Directions

Help! Every child needs me, I'm completely overwhelmed and at a loss how to balance it all.

Moms’ Secret Stash of Goodies

There are few things more frustrating at the end of a draining day than discovering that the "comfort" treat you've been dreaming of gone.

Renewed Hope from Small-Town America

This past week reminded me that people can, in fact, be good.

Baseball Vulgarity

The guy sitting behind me and my grandson was constantly screaming in our ears and every other word was cursing.

My Wife Spends Too Much Money

And every month we argue about it.

Connecting in Death Valley

What we share as individuals and as a nation is so much more than what we don’t.

The Poker Windfall and My Greedy Boss

My boss gave his seat to my husband at a charity poker event, and he won! Now he insists on splitting the pot.

Who Needs Mouth Guards?

Living with so much stress, we need to strengthen our faith and trust muscles.

Parenting is Stressful

It’s part of the reason why it’s so pleasurable.

Dear Old People, It’s Never Too Late to Grow

We can’t blame the process of aging for being grumpy, callous or self-centered. We can still change.

You’ve Got Mail!

Remember the excitement of getting a letter?

My Boring Husband

Every day is the same and I’m going out of my mind.

Time Is Flying By

The older you get, the quicker time seems to move.

Taking It Out On My Husband

My husband bears the brunt of my bad moods and frustration and I can’t seem to stop myself.

Kindness in New York

New York can be a cold and lonely place, but that day two strangers warmed our souls.

Real Families are Messy

And I don't just mean the toys on the floor and the dishes in the sink.

Good Advice to Appalled and Heartbroken Mother-in-Law

How to respond to threatening texts from son’s fiancé.

Just Don’t Look

If all those Facebook posts are getting you jealous and annoyed, why look?

The Most Important Thing a Man Should Do for his Wife

Giving in is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Poland, Purim and Masking the Truth

Just when evil people and destructive ideologies seem to dominate the world, the darkness can turn into light.

Sports, Politics and Our Search for Meaning

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

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

Despite our busy schedules and without becoming a Stepford wife.

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

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?

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

The Small Parts

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

A New Look at those Dreadful Holiday Letters

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

Credit and Blame in Parenting

Like it or not, your children have free will.

Stop Playing the Martyr

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

Don’t Interfere and Defend Your Child

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

Losing Faith

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

Rav Shteinman’s No Eulogy Request

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

Heroes Aren’t Perfect

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

Honey, I Learned This in a Marriage Book

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

My Life, Disrupted

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

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

The Quick Fix

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

Hanukkah and Attaining True Greatness

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

The First Scratch Is the Hardest

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

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

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

Home of the First Snowmobile

We all have a need to feel that we matter.

How to Really Talk with Your Kids

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

Your Child Got Divorced?!

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

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

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

A Real Estate Brokerage Embodying Jewish Values

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

The Irate Customer

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

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