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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.

The Bagel Incident

The Bagel Incident

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Luckily I have some vision of who I’d like to be and screaming like a banshee isn’t it.


Instructive Children's Books

Instructive Children's Books

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


Dear Emuna: Embarrassed to be Religious

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

Retail Therapy

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


Tebow or Not Tebow

Tebow or Not Tebow

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Why Tim Tebow makes us feel uncomfortable.


Dear Emuna: My Short Husband

Dear Emuna: My Short Husband

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


Small Talk

Small Talk

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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.


The Duggar Family

The Duggar Family

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


Dear Emuna: The ATM Parent

Dear Emuna: The ATM Parent

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


Ten Things Women Wish Men Knew

Ten Things Women Wish Men Knew

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Guys, print this out and refer to it often.


An Open Letter to Teachers

An Open Letter to Teachers

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


Android & Me

Android & Me

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


Marriage Advice for Ashton and Demi

Marriage Advice for Ashton and Demi

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Six essential concepts to a good marriage.


Dear Emuna: Why Daddy Left

Dear Emuna: Why Daddy Left

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


The Kim Kardashian Spectacle

The Kim Kardashian Spectacle

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This new low reminds us of the toxicity of Reality TV.


My Day of Silence

My Day of Silence

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What I learned from not talking for one day.


Dear Emuna: Resenting My Mother

Dear Emuna: Resenting My Mother

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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.


Friendship & Empathy

Friendship & Empathy

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Rare and precious is the friend who experiences your pain like his or her own.


Dear Emuna: Smothered in Love

Dear Emuna: Smothered in Love

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I want the connection with my kids so badly but they keep pushing me away.


Dear Emuna: Teenage Driver

Dear Emuna: Teenage Driver

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


Nothing's Perfect

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.


Three Ideas for Rosh Hashanah

Three Ideas for Rosh Hashanah

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Bringing down to earth the machzor's central ideas.


Rosh Hashanah Opportunity

Rosh Hashanah Opportunity

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God wants to grant us another year of life. Are we ready to embrace it?


Dear Emuna: Harem of Admirers

Dear Emuna: Harem of Admirers

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He promises me exclusivity once we get engaged. Should I believe him?


The Best Honey Cakes

The Best Honey Cakes

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It’s the small touches that make the difference.


My Relentless Taskmaster

My Relentless Taskmaster

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The tyranny of To-Do lists.


Dear Emuna: Dating Doubts

Dear Emuna: Dating Doubts

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I'm afraid to admit it, but I get embarrassed by my guy I'm dating.


Even The Food Channel

Even The Food Channel

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Humiliation as a form of entertainment.


Surviving a Family Vacation

Surviving a Family Vacation

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Laughter is really the only way.


Dear Emuna: My Husband's Porn Addiction

Dear Emuna: My Husband's Porn Addiction

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I feel like I have been stabbed in the heart. I can't trust him and I don't know what to do.


How to Win Friends

How to Win Friends

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A world about me is a very lonely place. A world about others is rich and fulfilling.


Thoughtful Gift

Thoughtful Gift

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Small stuff counts.


Dear Emuna: Where's the Romance?

Dear Emuna: Where's the Romance?

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One thing's for sure – it isn't at the dinner table.


Feeling the Pain

Feeling the Pain

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Since the death of my granddaughter I carry a sense of pain wherever I go.


Family Vacation

Family Vacation

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It doesn't have to be an oxymoron.


The Alzheimer's Risk

The Alzheimer's Risk

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Relinquishing our illusion of control.


Dear Emuna: The Misunderstood Wife

Dear Emuna: The Misunderstood Wife

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Why doesn't my husband understand me?


God's Most Fascinating Creature

God's Most Fascinating Creature

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Who needs reality TV? Just look around you.


Girl Talk

Girl Talk

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Is complimenting a girl on her looks so bad?


Dear Emuna: Overachiever Dad, Laidback Son

Dear Emuna: Overachiever Dad, Laidback Son

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My husband is totally down on our son and it's affecting our marriage.


Summer Is Here

Summer Is Here

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It’s been all of three days and I’m pulling my hair out!


Dear Emuna: Intimate Matters

Dear Emuna: Intimate Matters

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Help! My husband doesn't desire any physical intimacy.


Baseball and Blackberry

Baseball and Blackberry

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Are you addicted?


Me, a Crook?

Me, a Crook?

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A librarian had the chutzpah to insinuate I'm a thief.


Dear Emuna: Fatal Friend

Dear Emuna: Fatal Friend

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The more I get pulled into my friend's serious problems, the more sick I get.


Waiting for Passion

Waiting for Passion

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There are so many good causes. Pick one and throw yourself into it.


Superwoman Is Dead

Superwoman Is Dead

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Most mothers fight a constant battle between stress and guilt.


My Shavuot Preparation

My Shavuot Preparation

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Appreciating the gift of Torah.


Dear Emuna: My Father, the Pedophile

Dear Emuna: My Father, the Pedophile

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Am I giving my father a lifetime punishment for something that happened almost 30 years ago?


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