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.


Juicy Piece of Gossip

Applying the 24-hour rule to sharing gossip.

How Can I Give Advice?

With too many variables and unknowns, how do I know what’s right for you, your husband or your child?

Tu B’Shvat: Cooking with the 7 Species

Delicious recipes from pomegranate cheesecake to split pea and barley soup.

Playing the Martyr

I’ve been violating every marriage and parenting principle I know.

Frustrated Husbands

One is fed up with his overweight wife, and the other can’t understand how their marriage began to fall apart.

Thai Recipes You Must Try at Home

Fun, interesting and totally yummy dishes to spice up your menu.

Telling Kids What to Do

Are parents afraid to teach their young kids values and proper behavior in a clear, unambiguous manner?

Why Vince Lombardi Was Wrong

Lessons from playing Foosball with my grandson.

Daughter-in-Law Badmouthing My Son

My daughter-in-law talks to me negatively about my son. How do I set a boundary?

Words and Marriage

What you say and how you say it make a huge difference, especially in marriage.

The Best Of

What we can learn from year-end Top 10 lists.

It’s Not about the Donuts

Don’t let the UN vote get you down this Hanukkah.

Shine Your Light

Every person has their unique light to bring forth to the world.

The $1 Million Hollywood Bar Mitzvah

What is driving this kind of insane indulgence?

Lunch at the White House

The intoxicating allure of power.

A White Lie

Is it okay to lie in order to not hurt someone’s feelings?

Speech-less

We seem to be living in a world of increasing indifference and selfishness.

My Big Birthday

Every birthday is an opportunity to reflect and be grateful.

My Emotionally Distant Mom

My mother constantly complains and criticizes instead of giving me love.

Validated by Facebook

I was shocked to discover how much I care about what people say about me on Facebook.

Why All the Details in Judaism?

The details show we really care.

My Husband's Broken Collarbone

And my lesson in self-centeredness.

Should We Incur Debt for a Family Vacation?

My husband wants to plan a big family trip that we can’t afford. He thinks it’s important; I don’t.

Rude or Misunderstood?

The stranger who yelled at my husband and the perils of misjudging others.

Sukkot: Elevating the Physical

How to inject meaning and purpose in your holiday while shopping and cooking.

Manhandling My Kids

My husband has been violent with our children. How do I stop his abhorrent behavior?

Mourning in Los Angeles

The death of an 11-year-old boy rocks our community.

Tackling My Anxiety this New Year

This Rosh Hashanah, I’m working on overcoming my worry and genuinely trusting the Almighty.

Show Up and Show You Care

Don’t sell yourself short. Going to that wedding or shiva house does make a real difference.

Non-Working Husbands

And their resentful wives.

Spiritual Boot Camp

God, my son’s Israeli commander and preparing for Rosh Hashanah.

The U.S. Election is Straining our Marriage

Help! We're on different sides and things are starting to get hostile.

Internet Trolls

Ultimately nothing is anonymous.

My Boring Bucket List

If it’s not going to appear on my tombstone, it’s not going to appear on my bucket list.

Expensive Wine, Poor Parenting

Taken out for dinner by friends, what would you do if your child ordered a very expensive bottle of wine?

Petty Thieves

Eating at a restaurant of staying at a hotel does not entitle us to take their bathroom fixtures.

My Husband Doesn’t Compliment Me

Should I give up on hoping for spontaneous compliments? Is this a man thing?

Tuning In to the Almighty

It starts by choosing to do only one thing at a time.

Opening Your Eyes to Awe

Holding on to our sense of curiosity and awe, because it opens our minds and links us to the Almighty.

God Save the Queen

My recent trip to London gave me a glimmer of understanding of what the monarchy means.

Work and Having Children

My husband and I want to start a family but we both love our intense jobs and neither one of us is ready to give our job.

Jews Take Care of Each Other

A recent Shabbos experience in Europe reminded how privileged it is to be a part of the Jewish nation.

Food Obsession

It’s hard to imagine that it was once considered undignified to talk about food. Maybe we are missing something.

My Overly Sensitive Husband

My husband is very sensitive and gives comfort to others in pain. But he takes things too personally and can fly off the handle.

Breaking Our News Addiction

Can you go two weeks without following the news?

Dear Emuna, You’re Wrong!

A few words of praise go a long way.

Eavesdropping on the Subway

I could not believe what I was hearing.

After Physical Abuse, Can My Marriage Heal?

He is in counseling and working very hard on changing. Am I being a fool to stay and hope that he can change?

Preventing the Next Heart Attack

Embracing the uncomfortable realization that we are never fully in control.

My Husband Doesn’t Care about My Feelings

He is too busy running after his desires to really invest in our marriage.

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