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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Cravings

Desiring what we cannot have.

Losing My Daughter to Israel

My only daughter became religious, met a guy and plans on moving to Israel. I am devastated.

Our Scary Uber Driver

We felt in danger but oddly did nothing about it.

Preparing Early for Passover

If ever there were a time for zeal and over-preparation, Passover is it.

My Severe Mid-Life Crisis

After 34 years of being happily married, it’s all going to pot. Nothing is making me happy.

Is There Such a Thing as Me Time?

There are people in need at every place, at any time, and we can’t ignore them.

Learning from Uber

Three timely lessons about kindness, taught by Uber drivers (really).

Woman on the Verge

We may not be able to control our instinctive response but we can prevent it from coming to fruition.

Advice for Parents of Teens

Insults, disrespect and bad attitude, these parents are feeling out of their league.

Losing Purim in All the Hamantashen

There is a point where we are too busy trying out the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel hamantashen that we forget the purpose of the holiday.

Raccoons and Construction Workers

There is always something or someone over my head.

My Miami Vacation

What is an LA denizen like me vacationing in Florida?

From Popular to No Friends

My teenaged daughter is becoming a recluse and I’m spending all my spare time with her.

Collecting

We all have a desire to exert some control over our chaotic lives.

The Comparison Trap

Jealousy is when we count someone else’s blessings instead of our own.

Divorce or One Last Chance?

After moving out and initiating divorce, my husband is vowing to change. Should I give him another chance?

My Husband & the Laundromat

An epic true story of one family and a dryer.

Facebook Jealousy

A group of friends went on vacation without me and their numerous Facebook photos are getting to me.

She Just Doesn’t Meet My Needs

We are becoming a society of disposable marriages and relationships.

Divorcing an Ailing Husband

My brother-in-law has a serious degenerative disease. After 30 years of marriage my sister wants to divorce him to continue to live her life.

After the Car Accident

Instead of accusations and anger, my friend performed an astounding act of selflessness and strength.

Official Toilet Paper Roll Changer

Why am I the only person in our home who does this?

42,000 Pairs of Shoes

And they can be all yours!

My Son’s Foolish, Immature Decision

At the last moment my son backed out of going on a Birthright trip to Israel. I’m furious.

The Widows in Our Midst

We are admonished to be extra sensitive to and solicitous of widows. But are we?

Released from Jury Duty

Joy comes in all types of packages.

Tiger Woods is Turning 40

Don’t sound the death knell just yet.

My Daughter’s Boyfriend

Help! She’s given up her girlfriends and wants to forgo her rare scholarship and switch schools to be with him.

Black Friday

The focus on sales and consumption is eroding the meaning of Thanksgiving.

Don’t Worry about the Turkey!

Let’s stop putting pressure on ourselves in areas that don’t really matter.

Resenting Thanksgiving

I’m expected to cook and host and no one helps. Gratitude is the last thing I’m feeling on Thanksgiving.

Saying No

A test for real friendship.

You Feel Me

A moment of connection on a crowded New York street.

My Daughter Ate My Homework

Yes kids are the priority, but don’t use that as an excuse to get out of your commitments.

Should We Divorce?

My husband has addiction and anger issues. What’s best for my kids: stay with him or divorce?

Songs from Our Youth

This old blind man knew the entire Torah by heart. I know the words to “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

No Politics or Religion

My husband doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut and has alienated friends and family.

Put a Fix On It

We all make mistakes. But we don’t have to keep making the same mistake.

A Non-Jew’s Question

Are we fulfilling our mandate to be a “light unto the nations”?

Sleep Deprived

What do you focus on when you wake up in the morning: blessing or lack?

Whose Work Comes First?

My husband wants me to join him at a business-related party, I want to stay at home to complete my work.

I Thought I Had More Time

All we have is right now, this moment.

Expressing Your Essence

Two pivotal ideas about Sukkot.

Take the Initiative in Your Marriage

Don’t wait for your spouse to give you what you need.

Horse and Rider: Who’s Leading Whom?

Practical suggestions on how to prepare for Yom Kippur.

Should I Remain a Working Mom?

Am I working to avoid facing issues in my marriage?

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