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.


Stop. It’s a Beautiful World

Appreciating breathtaking beauty does not come easily to me.

I Want to Stop Giving Wedding Presents

I’m tired of giving gifts and not receiving any word of thanks.

Don’t Listen to Anna Wintour

Who says we have to accept society’s definition of beauty?

Into the Desert

Reconciling the spiritual and the physical during the holiday of Sukkot.

Don’t Let Your Mistakes Define You

Like the professional athlete, you’ve got to get back into the game and play to win.

Are You a Social Justice Warrior?

It takes a lot more than posting something on Twitter.

My Front Garden Is Not a Garbage Dump!

So why do people have no problem throwing their trash there?

Think for Yourself: Good Advice Not Just for Harvard Students

Real learning begins when we leave the echo chamber.

Dear Emuna: Critical Mother-In-Law

She constantly criticizes me and my husband. If she doesn’t apologize I don’t think I can have a relationship with her.

Waking Up for Rosh Hashanah

Don’t live your life by rote.

The Overprotective Mom in the Park

By turning a simple playground challenge into a traumatic situation requiring medical attention, she was disabling him.

My Amazing Payback for Keeping My Big Mouth Shut

Everyone has one great airline story. Here’s mine.

Dear Emuna: I Can’t Stand My Neighbor’s Loud Dog

Plus practical advice to a daughter whose aging father has moved nearby and is suddenly very dependent on her.

Facing My Inevitable Death as I Grow Older

This article is invigorating, not depressing!

It Never Rains in California in the Summer

And then suddenly, one day, it did.

Dear Emuna: I Hate Summer!

Help! I miss the routine, I miss knowing when bedtime is, I miss having a little time to myself.

You Cannot Be Anything You Want

We all have limitations. Deal with it.

Sometimes It Really Is Just a Phase

Don’t make a bad mood more than it is.

Sharing Your Spouse’s Interests (Even When You Really Don’t)

If it’s important to him, I try to make it important to me.

No One’s Perfect

I’ve been too judgmental lately.

Dear Emuna: Married Lonely Hearts Club

Advice to two wives who, for different reasons, feel lonely at home.

Trump and Other Topics I Refuse to Talk About

We are given only a certain number of words to use in our lifetime. Don’t waste them.

(Not) Dressed for the Prom

What message are we giving our daughters when we pay for revealing dresses that objectify their body?

Why the Messiah Must be on His Way

My unforgettable encounter with unadulterated innocence, sincerity and truth.

Hostile Words

My neighbor accused me of being a thief.

Don’t Say It’s Too Late

Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Helping My Unhappy Sister

How can I prevent my sister from engaging in self-pity and help her be more grateful?

Feeling the Awe on Shavuot

Start by taking a walk with a two-year-old.

This Isn’t the Life I Ordered

You may be right. But it’s the one you’ve got and it’s your job to make the best of it.

Criticizing My Husband

I knew I was blowing it as the words came out of my mouth.

Yelling at Joe Biden’s Teacher

His mother showed him that she has his back, but was that enough?

Changing vs Accepting My Husband

Empathy? You knew who I was when you married me.

Groundhog Day Revisited

Why do I find every morning, afternoon and evening to be the same?

Sheryl Sandberg on Her Husband’s Death

The Facebook COO’s new book on facing adversity and finding joy is full of insight and wisdom.

Breaking Routine

Multi-tasking may be touted as a female trait but it seems to have missed me!

The Line Outside My Bedroom Door

If only I had an ensuite bathroom!

Women Want Empathy, Men Crave Affirmation

My new insight regarding differences between my husband and me.

Ladies, Don’t Lose Sight of the Essence of Passover

I’d rather organize my cupboards than look at the ways I still need to grow.

Mike Pence and Dining with Other Women

The VP won't eat alone with a woman other than his wife. Instead of condemning him, I think we should applaud him.

Help! My Mother Won’t Leave Our House

My mother lacks boundaries and never leaves when she comes to visit.

My Goal This Passover Seder

To simply tell our children the incredible story of what God did for us when He took us out of the slavery in Egypt.

Giving and Receiving Compliments

A small idea that could really change the world.

That Jerk is Also Created in the Image of God

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

Don’t Get Smashed on Purim

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

Alcohol Themed Recipes for Purim

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

Should You Always Express How You Feel?

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

I am sick of holding my parents’ failing marriage on my shoulders.

Facebook Rats

Stop pressing the lever.

Juicy Piece of Gossip

Applying the 24-hour rule to sharing gossip.

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