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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Free Spirit Vs. Authority

My smart daughter got a free pass in school. How do I teach her to listen to authority as she enters the real world?

Celebrating Birthdays

They are a powerful time for reflection.

In the Moment

We are too busy posing and snapping to just savor today.

Insidious Ads

This ad hurts us more than we think.

Differences: Source of Conflict or Appreciation?

Managing personality clashes in parenting, marriage and friends.

Parenting’s Dirty Secret

How to go from hyper-parenting to calm-parenting.

Suddenly, Divorce

My wife of two months just told me she wants a divorce.

Derek Jeter is a Mensch

And why that is big news.

Glory Days

Don’t live in the past. The best is yet to come!

Bad-Mouthing My Ex-Wife

My ex-wife’s behavior is hurting our daughters and I’m having a hard time stopping myself from saying what I really think.

Sticking to Your Resolution

Just because I did it imperfectly today is not a reason to give up the fight.

My Father’s Affair

I‘m pretty sure my father is having an affair. Should I tell my mother?

Don’t Dread Rosh Hashanah

Unencumbered by past mistakes, now is the time to start anew.

Am I a Grinch?

I don’t want to strike up personal conversation with the salesperson.

Courtesy No Extra Cost

My negative encounter with an airline agent.

Dragged into Parents' Marital Problems

Help! My mother insists on telling me all the negative things about my father.

Marriage & Mystery

Maintaining a sense of mystery in today’s oversharing world.

The Art of Saying Thank You

How to show appreciation.

Dishing the Dirt

Should I tell my friend some negative information about the man she is dating?

Opposites Attract

This couple has nothing common. What is the secret to their happy marriage?

Compulsive Eating

Help! I am sabotaging my efforts to control my eating and can’t lose weight.

Why You Have What I Want

This is the surefire path to misery.

The 9th of Av in Rome

The most powerful Tisha B’Av I have ever experienced.

It’s Not Business as Usual

Do something daily to identify with the pain Israelis are going through.

Should We Cancel our Trip to Israel?

I’m scared to visit Israel now and want to cancel, but my husband is adamant about going.

Are We Desensitized to Joy?

Have you ever complained about receiving too many wedding and bar mitzvah invitations?

Hijacked Wedding

Help! I’m the one getting married but my parents think this is their wedding, not mine.

An Extraordinary Wedding

Two young adults with Down syndrome got married and we witnessed a miracle.

Road Rage

What did I do to merit such hostility?

My One Hour Mini-Vacation

All it took was a change in perspective.

Facebook and Privacy

After posting photos of a party, two friends who weren’t invited stopped talking to me.

Dress Code

Being seen as people, not objects.

Kids & Priorities

How important is that internship in Kenya?

Taken for a Ride

One mother refuses to carpool and help out. The rest of us are feeling resentful.

Make Your Bed

There’s a good reason the army cares about those hospital corners. Judaism does too.

Helpmate

The story of Ruth is inspirational. The story of Naomi could have been also.

I’m So Embarrassed!

Help! I love my parents but I think they are an embarrassment.

Falling Out of Love

We are not passive victims to life’s circumstances.

You’re Grounded

This wasn’t one of our best parenting moments.

Becoming Too Jewish

I’m exploring my Jewish roots and bringing more spirituality into our lives, but my husband wants no part of it.

Selling Ritalin

Kids are selling their Ritalin to classmates who crave the extra focus to do better on their exams.

Caring about Wrinkles

Comparing myself to those who are taller, richer, healthier and who have smoother skin.

Dogs over Motherhood

Puppies are a lot easier.

Fears of Abuse

Is my friend in an abusive marriage?

Grocery Shopping as Contact Sport

Where human behavior is on display – at its best and, more frequently, at its worst.

Am I Being Over-Protective?

My 10-year-old son and his friends want to cross a busy street by themselves and get ice cream. Should I let him?

6 Educational Principles from the Passover Seder

Ask questions, tell stories and make learning fun.

Passover’s Freedom

Getting rid of the leaven inside our hearts.

The Passover Seder Balancing Act

Help! Most of our relatives want to get the Seder over quickly and eat, and I want to make it meaningful.

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