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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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My husband’s dream job requires moving. My kids say we’re ruining their lives. Are we?


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I realized just how much interaction we lose on a daily basis due to our preoccupation with the phone.


Dear Emuna: When Friends Hurt a Spouse

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I was hurt by my husband’s friends and even more hurt that my husband doesn’t stand by me.


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We should be embarrassed that we even noticed it.


Time Alone

Time Alone

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Why do we have such a hard time spending quiet time alone with just ourselves?


Dear Emuna: Cheating Husband

Dear Emuna: Cheating Husband

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Something special between us was broken. Can we rebuild our marriage?


News Junkie

News Junkie

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The never-ending news cycle has become a freak show. Can we disengage?


Hold On to the Moment

Hold On to the Moment

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Stopping my mind from wandering into those negative places.


Dear Emuna: Changing My Husband

Dear Emuna: Changing My Husband

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How can I help my husband change a certain trait?


Longing for God

Longing for God

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Tisha B’Av is an opportune time to recapture our intense drive to connect with our Creator.


Making Summer Count

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Chilling out is fine. But three months hanging out poolside?


Dear Emuna: Is It Time for Therapy?

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Should I take my teenage daughter to a therapist?


Visionary

Visionary

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A lesson in greatness from George Marston.


MYOB

MYOB

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It’s getting really hard to keep your private life private.


Dear Emuna: No Plans for Summer

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Should I let my teenaged son hang out with his friends or should I insist on a plan?


Advice for Sick Friends

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Sometimes our advice is not only wrong, it’s hurtful.


It’s the Little Things

It’s the Little Things

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Every act of kindness counts.


Mirror Mirror Off the Wall

Mirror Mirror Off the Wall

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Making character our primary focus does not mean that we should go around unkempt, wearing a burlap sack.


7 Tips for Marriage

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Applying classic parenting wisdom to marriage.


Dear Emuna: Grown Apart

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I feel distant from my wife. What can I do to save our marriage?


LA’s Jewish Mayor

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Why his election doesn’t make me burst with pride (yet).


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Personal Hygiene in Public

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When did it become okay to floss your teeth and clean your ears in public?


Dear Emuna: My Overweight Husband

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Help! My new husband is gaining a lot of weight!


Don’t Pity the Child

Don’t Pity the Child

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Kids take their cues from parents. What message are you projecting?


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It’s a shame Shavuot isn’t a week-long holiday.


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On being a “good enough” mother.


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Help! My husband is planning a business trip right after I’m due!


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Successful relationships require accepting your loved one’s idiosyncrasies, no matter how crazy you find them.


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In today’s over-sexualized society, some school official are trying to bring some decorum and learning back to the classroom.


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Help! My son wants to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces.


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Take the test: Are you unintentionally turning your marriage into a business partnership?


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Seeing the human being inside the shell.


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Do you want the government involved in your parenting?


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Updated and appetizing takes on some old favorites.


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Help! My husband retreats whenever I express my frustration.


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Even the President of the United States can’t have it all.


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Source of Inspiration

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Inspiration is everywhere – particularly when I’m awake enough to notice!


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The Exodus from Egypt was just the beginning.


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Am I a bad mother if I let my kids watch the occasional show?


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An elderly patient died from bureaucracy without humanity.


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My husband thinks it’s normal to notice the prettiest woman in the room.


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Small acts, big love.


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Embarrassing Our Children

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Humiliation is never an effective parenting tool.


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How do I convince my wife to dress more modestly without coming off as a control freak?


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A great idea that should be part of everyone’s celebration.


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