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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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Where human behavior is on display – at its best and, more frequently, at its worst.


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Am I Being Over-Protective?

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My 10-year-old son and his friends want to cross a busy street by themselves and get ice cream. Should I let him?


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6 Educational Principles from the Passover Seder

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Ask questions, tell stories and make learning fun.


Passover’s Freedom

Passover’s Freedom

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Getting rid of the leaven inside our hearts.


The Passover Seder Balancing Act

The Passover Seder Balancing Act

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Help! Most of our relatives want to get the Seder over quickly and eat, and I want to make it meaningful.


Dealing with Telemarketers

Dealing with Telemarketers

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Take a deep breath….


Israeli Courage

Israeli Courage

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An encounter with Jews who put their lives on the line for the Jewish people.


My Husband Moved Out

My Husband Moved Out

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My 77-year-old husband told me he needed a break and moved into his own apartment. I’m hurt and angry.


Suckered by Sales

Suckered by Sales

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Those ads know exactly how to get me.


Malala and Queen Esther

Malala and Queen Esther

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It took a young girl from Pakistan to help me identify the incredible courage women possess today.


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If it is, here’s an important Purim silver lining.


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Jealous of Autistic Sibling

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Our eldest son is acting out in strange ways. Is this a passing phase or a cry for help?


Cheating to Win

Cheating to Win

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Do our kids realize that losing is not the worst thing to happen? Do we?


Looking Good for Your Husband

Looking Good for Your Husband

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It tells him: you’re the most important person in the world to me.


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3 Main Reasons Couples Grow Apart

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It can happen to any of us, if we’re not careful.


I Will Never Quit

I Will Never Quit

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Living with the Navy Seals code.


Am I the Mother-in-Law from Hell?

Am I the Mother-in-Law from Hell?

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How can I fix this mess so I don't lose my only grandchild?


Five Illusions about Love

Five Illusions about Love

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Five myths that hamper our ability to create a thriving, loving marriage.


The Casablanca Perspective

The Casablanca Perspective

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Looking at life in the grand scheme of things.


Daughter’s Rude Boyfriend

Daughter’s Rude Boyfriend

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Is it superficial or is my daughter dating a real jerk?


If Only Syndrome

If Only Syndrome

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The surefire way to unhappiness.


Daughter Is Happy, But My Heart Breaks

Daughter Is Happy, But My Heart Breaks

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Sometimes the best advice is to do nothing.


My Manicurist

My Manicurist

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I had no idea the Vietnamese woman doing my nails was a courageous heroine as tough as nails.


My New Floor

My New Floor

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My surprising new obsession.


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How would you be different if you had the ultimate coach who believed in you?


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Daughter-in-Law from Hell

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Emuna’s difficult advice to a desperate mother-in-law.


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Gratitude Leads to Happiness

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How to bring the gratitude attitude into our homes and daily lives.


The Secret to a Happy Marriage: For Men

The Secret to a Happy Marriage: For Men

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She needs to feel that in your eyes, she is in first place. And show it with your actions.


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Hollywood-style romance makes us feel like we’re missing out on something.


The Secret to a Happy Marriage: For Women

The Secret to a Happy Marriage: For Women

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Make your husband your priority.


Let It All Hang Out

Let It All Hang Out

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Our home is not Club Med. It is not a place where anything goes.


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Help! Our son seems resentful that we don’t have a comparable celebration.


Insensitive Gaffes

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You can mean well and still cause a lot of hurt.


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Why Hanukkah is the most anti-American holiday of all.


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Help! I can’t stand the way my wife treats our kids.


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People, Not Objects

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A valuable lesson from my not-so-nice behavior.


No More Mask

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As we get older, with fewer defenses and inhibitions to provide any filters, our real selves poke through.


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How can I teach my children the importance of marrying Jewish, when our life is filled with happy, intermarried people?


Find Your Passion, Later

Find Your Passion, Later

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Hard work and success lead to passion. Not the other way around.


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And it doesn’t have four legs.


The Family Dinner

The Family Dinner

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Why it needs to be a priority in your home.


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Our daughter is very gifted. How do we make sure she stays grounded and normal while bringing out her full potential?


Fighting in Front of the Children

Fighting in Front of the Children

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Kids need to see some disagreements – and amicable conflict resolution.


Tough Teachers

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The gift of great expectations.


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He thinks I’m overprotective and I think he’s not careful enough.


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No matter what, we should always have our spouse’s back.


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Living Outside the Comfort Zone

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Sukkot lifts us above our world of illusions.


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My married daughter and her family are struggling financially and I have no resources to help them.


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This Yom Kippur, know your adversary.


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Rosh Hashanah is about commitments, not resolutions.