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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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If only they were limited to two by two!


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Help! I’m a black convert who is experiencing bigotry in the Jewish community.


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I can’t believe how my friend is raising her teenage son.


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Under Pressure

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Peer pressure never goes away. So choose your friends wisely.


Why I Love Cleaning for Passover

Why I Love Cleaning for Passover

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And it’s not that I’m a martyr.


Dear Emuna: Passover Angst

Dear Emuna: Passover Angst

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Help! My family always complains about our Seder. What should I do this year?


Boiling Point

Boiling Point

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Don’t hold in your frustrations and concerns until they explode.


Parenting Fundamentals

Parenting Fundamentals

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Parenting is complicated. Here are some of the crucial tenets to keep your eye on.


Alternative to Nagging

Alternative to Nagging

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How to get your husband to do what you want.


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Dear Emuna: The Bread Winner

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I resent my wife for spending money that I’ve earned.


Age & Melancholia

Age & Melancholia

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The peace of mind we desperately want will not come from anything outside ourselves.


Date Night

Date Night

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Put in the effort to make an evening with your spouse romantic and special.


Dear Emuna: The Miserable Host

Dear Emuna: The Miserable Host

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Help! Our sponsor is driving us crazy but we can’t afford to move out!


Showing Affection in Marriage

Showing Affection in Marriage

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If one spouse is more emotionally effusive than the other, have no fear.


The Second Half of Our Lives

The Second Half of Our Lives

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The kids are out of the house. Now what?


Five Ideas I Hope to Pass On to My Children

Five Ideas I Hope to Pass On to My Children

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Here’s my list. What's yours?


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Why are some people driven to eat bizarre, unappealing delicacies?


Dear Emuna: Hateful Daughter-in-Law

Dear Emuna: Hateful Daughter-in-Law

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Help! Our daughter-in-law hates us but wants our financial help!


Quick to Judge

Quick to Judge

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Why is our instinctive reaction all too often to be critical?


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Dear Emuna: Rules Vs. Spontaneity

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Help! I like structure and my husband craves spontaneity!


Growing Old

Growing Old

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We look in the mirror and the evidence stares boldly back at us. We are getting older.


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Your Personal Catchphrase

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What do I want to be known for?


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Am I destined to become an abusive mother because I was abused?


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Stop the Sarcasm

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It’s cruel and undignified.


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The Bagel Incident

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Instructive Children's Books

Instructive Children's Books

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Everything I know about parenting I learned from children’s books.


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Dear Emuna: Embarrassed to be Religious

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Help! I've become observant, the antithesis of how I used to think.


Retail Therapy

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Why shopping, of all things, is good for your health.


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Why Tim Tebow makes us feel uncomfortable.


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I'm ashamed to admit it but my husband's short stature bothers me.


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Elevating the conversation by being fascinated with other people.


Will Cosmetic Surgery Help?

Will Cosmetic Surgery Help?

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A facelift is not the solution to the real problem at hand.


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She's expecting her 20th child. Why all the vitriol?


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Dear Emuna: The ATM Parent

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Help! My teenage daughter isn't interested in having a relationship with me.


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Ten Things Women Wish Men Knew

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Guys, print this out and refer to it often.


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An Open Letter to Teachers

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Before our parent/teacher meeting, allow me to explain where I'm coming from.


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I took the plunge and acquired the latest Android phone. It went downhill from there.


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Six essential concepts to a good marriage.


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How do I explain to my son why his father isn't coming back?


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My Day of Silence

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What I learned from not talking for one day.


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My mother wasn't there for me growing up and I can't let go of the old feelings of abandonment.


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Help! My 16-year-old daughter wants to get her driver's license! Am I being too overprotective?


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Nothing's Perfect

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This Yom Kippur, I regret looking at what doesn't work, and I'm learning to focus on the positive.


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