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.

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Dear Emuna: Chutzpah!

I can’t believe how my friend is raising her teenage son.

Under Pressure

Peer pressure never goes away. So choose your friends wisely.

Why I Love Cleaning for Passover

And it’s not that I’m a martyr.

Dear Emuna: Passover Angst

Help! My family always complains about our Seder. What should I do this year?

Boiling Point

Don’t hold in your frustrations and concerns until they explode.

Parenting Fundamentals

Parenting is complicated. Here are some of the crucial tenets to keep your eye on.

Alternative to Nagging

How to get your husband to do what you want.

Dear Emuna: The Bread Winner

I resent my wife for spending money that I’ve earned.

Age & Melancholia

The peace of mind we desperately want will not come from anything outside ourselves.

Date Night

Put in the effort to make an evening with your spouse romantic and special.

Dear Emuna: The Miserable Host

Help! Our sponsor is driving us crazy but we can’t afford to move out!

Showing Affection in Marriage

If one spouse is more emotionally effusive than the other, have no fear.

The Second Half of Our Lives

The kids are out of the house. Now what?

Eating Larvae

Why are some people driven to eat bizarre, unappealing delicacies?

Dear Emuna: Hateful Daughter-in-Law

Help! Our daughter-in-law hates us but wants our financial help!

Quick to Judge

Why is our instinctive reaction all too often to be critical?

Dear Emuna: Rules Vs. Spontaneity

Help! I like structure and my husband craves spontaneity!

Growing Old

We look in the mirror and the evidence stares boldly back at us. We are getting older.

Your Personal Catchphrase

What do I want to be known for?

Dear Emuna: Breaking the Abusive Pattern

Am I destined to become an abusive mother because I was abused?

Stop the Sarcasm

It’s cruel and undignified.

The Bagel Incident

Luckily I have some vision of who I’d like to be and screaming like a banshee isn’t it.

Instructive Children's Books

Everything I know about parenting I learned from children’s books.

Dear Emuna: Embarrassed to be Religious

Help! I've become observant, the antithesis of how I used to think.

Retail Therapy

Why shopping, of all things, is good for your health.

Tebow or Not Tebow

Why Tim Tebow makes us feel uncomfortable.

Dear Emuna: My Short Husband

I'm ashamed to admit it but my husband's short stature bothers me.

Small Talk

Elevating the conversation by being fascinated with other people.

Will Cosmetic Surgery Help?

A facelift is not the solution to the real problem at hand.

The Duggar Family

She's expecting her 20th child. Why all the vitriol?

Dear Emuna: The ATM Parent

Help! My teenage daughter isn't interested in having a relationship with me.

Ten Things Women Wish Men Knew

Guys, print this out and refer to it often.

An Open Letter to Teachers

Before our parent/teacher meeting, allow me to explain where I'm coming from.

Android & Me

I took the plunge and acquired the latest Android phone. It went downhill from there.

Marriage Advice for Ashton and Demi

Six essential concepts to a good marriage.

Dear Emuna: Why Daddy Left

How do I explain to my son why his father isn't coming back?

The Kim Kardashian Spectacle

This new low reminds us of the toxicity of Reality TV.

My Day of Silence

What I learned from not talking for one day.

Dear Emuna: Resenting My Mother

My mother wasn't there for me growing up and I can't let go of the old feelings of abandonment.

Friendship & Empathy

Rare and precious is the friend who experiences your pain like his or her own.

Dear Emuna: Smothered in Love

I want the connection with my kids so badly but they keep pushing me away.

Dear Emuna: Teenage Driver

Help! My 16-year-old daughter wants to get her driver's license! Am I being too overprotective?

Nothing's Perfect

This Yom Kippur, I regret looking at what doesn't work, and I'm learning to focus on the positive.

Three Ideas for Rosh Hashanah

Bringing down to earth the machzor's central ideas.

Rosh Hashanah Opportunity

God wants to grant us another year of life. Are we ready to embrace it?

Dear Emuna: Harem of Admirers

He promises me exclusivity once we get engaged. Should I believe him?

The Best Honey Cakes

It’s the small touches that make the difference.

My Relentless Taskmaster

The tyranny of To-Do lists.

Dear Emuna: Dating Doubts

I'm afraid to admit it, but I get embarrassed by my guy I'm dating.

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