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.


A New Look at those Dreadful Holiday Letters

Who knew the Facebook “humble brag” could actually be a force for good?

Credit and Blame in Parenting

Like it or not, your children have free will.

Stop Playing the Martyr

Husbands are not mind readers. If we want help, we should ask for it.

Don’t Interfere and Defend Your Child

We will almost never be successful, and we may do more harm than good.

Losing Faith

My son has a chronic disease and is becoming bitter. How do I help him?

Rav Shteinman’s No Eulogy Request

Why I think it’s a good practice to emulate.

Heroes Aren’t Perfect

And neither are we. So let’s cut them – and ourselves – some slack.

Honey, I Learned This in a Marriage Book

Should you tell your spouse you’re doing something because you got the advice from a book?

My Life, Disrupted

I went from over-achiever to someone absorbed with medical issues mourning the life I’ve lost. How do I move on?

More Scary Tales from the Grocery Store

The cashier didn’t acknowledge my existence and here’s why it matters.

The Quick Fix

Just read this article and all your problems will be solved, just like that.

Hanukkah and Attaining True Greatness

Consistency and relentless long-term dedication make all the difference in the world.

The First Scratch Is the Hardest

Best to just get it over with and then focus on the pleasure.

Dear Emuna: How Do I Fulfill My Wife’s Needs?

I provide her with everything but it doesn’t seem to be enough!

Home of the First Snowmobile

We all have a need to feel that we matter.

How to Really Talk with Your Kids

For starters, do not ask them, “How was your day?”

Your Child Got Divorced?!

I am astounded by people’s utter lack of sensitivity.

Father Patrick Desbois: One Man’s Fight to Uncover the Holocaust

His efforts have unearthed 2,700 extermination sites where over 1,000,000 Jews have been buried.

A Real Estate Brokerage Embodying Jewish Values

Anthony Marguleas’ real estate company donates 10% for every home sold. He wants others to do the same.

The Irate Customer

A heated argument at my local grocer reminded me how easy it is to completely lose it.

He’s Outdoorsy, I’m Not

And our friends are discouraging us from getting married.

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?

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