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.


Five Illusions about Love

Five myths that hamper our ability to create a thriving, loving marriage.

The Casablanca Perspective

Looking at life in the grand scheme of things.

Daughter’s Rude Boyfriend

Is it superficial or is my daughter dating a real jerk?

If Only Syndrome

The surefire way to unhappiness.

Daughter Is Happy, But My Heart Breaks

Sometimes the best advice is to do nothing.

My Manicurist

I had no idea the Vietnamese woman doing my nails was a courageous heroine as tough as nails.

My New Floor

My surprising new obsession.

Lessons from Extreme Makeover Weight Loss

How would you be different if you had the ultimate coach who believed in you?

Daughter-in-Law from Hell

Emuna’s difficult advice to a desperate mother-in-law.

Gratitude Leads to Happiness

How to bring the gratitude attitude into our homes and daily lives.

The Secret to a Happy Marriage: For Men

She needs to feel that in your eyes, she is in first place. And show it with your actions.

Dear Emuna: Men, Women & Intimacy

Hollywood-style romance makes us feel like we’re missing out on something.

Let It All Hang Out

Our home is not Club Med. It is not a place where anything goes.

Dear Emuna: Enchanted by Christmas

Help! Our son seems resentful that we don’t have a comparable celebration.

Insensitive Gaffes

You can mean well and still cause a lot of hurt.

Hanukkah is NOT Thanksgiving

Why Hanukkah is the most anti-American holiday of all.

Dear Emuna: Not on the Same Parenting Page

Help! I can’t stand the way my wife treats our kids.

People, Not Objects

A valuable lesson from my not-so-nice behavior.

No More Mask

As we get older, with fewer defenses and inhibitions to provide any filters, our real selves poke through.

Dear Emuna: Intermarriage & Marrying Jewish

How can I teach my children the importance of marrying Jewish, when our life is filled with happy, intermarried people?

Find Your Passion, Later

Hard work and success lead to passion. Not the other way around.

God’s Most Amazing Creature

And it doesn’t have four legs.

The Family Dinner

Why it needs to be a priority in your home.

Dear Emuna: My Daughter, the Genius

Our daughter is very gifted. How do we make sure she stays grounded and normal while bringing out her full potential?

Fighting in Front of the Children

Kids need to see some disagreements – and amicable conflict resolution.

Tough Teachers

The gift of great expectations.

Dear Emuna: Different Parenting Styles

He thinks I’m overprotective and I think he’s not careful enough.

Embarrassed by Spouse

No matter what, we should always have our spouse’s back.

Living Outside the Comfort Zone

Sukkot lifts us above our world of illusions.

Dear Emuna: Kids’ Financial Struggles

My married daughter and her family are struggling financially and I have no resources to help them.

Pushing the Reset Button

This Yom Kippur, know your adversary.

Lasting Change this Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is about commitments, not resolutions.

Two Funerals

Personal lessons from two upsetting, sobering experiences.

Dear Emuna: Uprooting the Kids

My husband’s dream job requires moving. My kids say we’re ruining their lives. Are we?

Our No-Cell-Phone Vacation

I realized just how much interaction we lose on a daily basis due to our preoccupation with the phone.

Dear Emuna: When Friends Hurt a Spouse

I was hurt by my husband’s friends and even more hurt that my husband doesn’t stand by me.

Kate Middleton’s Post-Pregnancy Paunch

We should be embarrassed that we even noticed it.

Time Alone

Why do we have such a hard time spending quiet time alone with just ourselves?

Dear Emuna: Cheating Husband

Something special between us was broken. Can we rebuild our marriage?

News Junkie

The never-ending news cycle has become a freak show. Can we disengage?

Hold On to the Moment

Stopping my mind from wandering into those negative places.

Dear Emuna: Changing My Husband

How can I help my husband change a certain trait?

Longing for God

Tisha B’Av is an opportune time to recapture our intense drive to connect with our Creator.

Making Summer Count

Chilling out is fine. But three months hanging out poolside?

Dear Emuna: Is It Time for Therapy?

Should I take my teenage daughter to a therapist?

Visionary

A lesson in greatness from George Marston.

MYOB

It’s getting really hard to keep your private life private.

Dear Emuna: No Plans for Summer

Should I let my teenaged son hang out with his friends or should I insist on a plan?

Advice for Sick Friends

Sometimes our advice is not only wrong, it’s hurtful.

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