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.


Dear Emuna: Overachiever Dad, Laidback Son

My husband is totally down on our son and it's affecting our marriage.

Summer Is Here

It’s been all of three days and I’m pulling my hair out!

Dear Emuna: Intimate Matters

Help! My husband doesn't desire any physical intimacy.

Me, a Crook?

A librarian had the chutzpah to insinuate I'm a thief.

Dear Emuna: Fatal Friend

The more I get pulled into my friend's serious problems, the more sick I get.

Waiting for Passion

There are so many good causes. Pick one and throw yourself into it.

Superwoman Is Dead

Most mothers fight a constant battle between stress and guilt.

My Shavuot Preparation

Appreciating the gift of Torah.

Dear Emuna: My Father, the Pedophile

Am I giving my father a lifetime punishment for something that happened almost 30 years ago?

Guinea Pig Kids

The gender-less baby: There’s a bit of Kathy Witterick and David Stocker in all of us.

Waiting in Line

I can't let everyone go ahead of me. What's a religious Jewish woman to do?

The Manicure

My hands carry the war wounds of serious work in the kitchen. They are a badge of honor.

Dear Emuna: My Needy Wife

Help! My accomplished wife wants to stay at home with the kids and is overly dependent on me.

Happiness Is Not the Goal

The secret to happiness is to not focus on it.

Marriage After Children

Two-thirds of couples see the quality of their relationship drop within three years of the birth of a child.

Preventing Resentment in Marriage

Six strategies on how to deal with the common frustrations in marriage.

Dear Emuna: You Can Cope

Dealing with the day-to-day stress of parenting and marriage.

Missing the Main Event

Amidst all the Passover cleaning, cooking and shopping, the Seder gets short shrift.

Dear Emuna: My Chubby Daughter

My daughter isn't doing anything about her weight. Should I confront her?

Beneath the Betrayal

Looking for meaning in all the wrong places.

Dressing Our Girls

Jennifer Moses needs to act on her concerns about how society is objectifying girls.

Dear Emuna: Infertility Struggles

Everywhere I turn there are young couples with babies. I just want it to be our turn.

Foodies

Are you living to eat or eating to live?

What Is Bullying?

If every act of cruelty is bullying, then the word loses all meaning.

Bullying: Some Perspective Please

I think the school's zero tolerance towards bullying is going too far.

Dear Emuna: I Hate Cooking

Help! Am I terrible wife if I don't mind eating cereal for dinner?

The Business of Marriage

Applying effective business principles to marriage.

Call Me Mrs. Braverman Revisited

Calling someone by their first name is an expression of closeness that I reserve for the relationships that really count.

Dear Emuna: My Son's Six-Pack

Help! My fitness-obsessed son is driving me crazy.

Telling Lies

When is it appropriate to shade the truth?

I'll Love You If…

Great marriages are based on unconditional commitment.

Dear Emuna: Tiger Moms & Low Maintenance Wives

My wife is needy and demanding. What happened to the independent woman I was dating?

Turn Off the TV and Leave them Alone

Two simple, cost-free suggestions to nurture your kids' creativity.

Dear Emuna: Repairing Broken Homes

How do I get my estranged stepson to honor his father?

Creativity & Kids

Do standardized tests and structure thwart creativity and talent?

Reality of Abortion

It’s unbearable to see some parents anxiously straining to hear a heartbeat, while others seek to still that beat forever.

Dear Emuna: Bashert Seeking

I really like him but I'm looking for someone to spend the rest of my life with and he's happy with casual.

The "Me" Marriage

Marriage thrives when each other works to support their spouse's growth.

Kissinger and Words

Will your words come back to haunt you?

Learning from the Holocaust

Survivors put my petty selfishness and complaints to shame.

Accepting Compliments

It’s important to know how to give. It’s just as important to know how to receive.

Dear Emuna: I Don't Love You Just the Way You Are

Advice for a critical husband, a grieving community and a financially struggling couple.

My Most Important List

A surprising and humbling lesson from a gourmet food magazine.

Dear Emuna: I Can't Forgive

I want to stop hating a group of friends who tormented me throughout high school, but I can't.

Saying No

What to do when the person won't take no as the answer.

In An Instant

That's how long it can take for our lives to be dramatically changed.

Dear Emuna: The Non-Jewish Boyfriend

Did I go too far in telling our daughter we would not attend the wedding?

Parent-Teacher Combat

It wasn't only my daughter who was being called to the mat.

Chanukah and the Heroic Jewish Woman

Are we willing to fight for what’s right?

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