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.

Mirror Mirror Off the Wall

Making character our primary focus does not mean that we should go around unkempt, wearing a burlap sack.

7 Tips for Marriage

Applying classic parenting wisdom to marriage.

Dear Emuna: Grown Apart

I feel distant from my wife. What can I do to save our marriage?

LA’s Jewish Mayor

Why his election doesn’t make me burst with pride (yet).

Personal Hygiene in Public

When did it become okay to floss your teeth and clean your ears in public?

Dear Emuna: My Overweight Husband

Help! My new husband is gaining a lot of weight!

Don’t Pity the Child

Kids take their cues from parents. What message are you projecting?

My Favorite Dairy Treats

It’s a shame Shavuot isn’t a week-long holiday.

More Kids, Less Stress?

On being a “good enough” mother.

Dear Emuna: The Travelling Husband

Help! My husband is planning a business trip right after I’m due!


Successful relationships require accepting your loved one’s idiosyncrasies, no matter how crazy you find them.

Modesty in the Classroom

In today’s over-sexualized society, some school official are trying to bring some decorum and learning back to the classroom.

Dear Emuna: Joining Israel’s Army

Help! My son wants to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces.

Marriage and Love

Take the test: Are you unintentionally turning your marriage into a business partnership?

Alzheimer’s and Dignity

Seeing the human being inside the shell.

Nanny State – Literally!

Do you want the government involved in your parenting?

The Kosher Carnivore

Updated and appetizing takes on some old favorites.

Dear Emuna: Into His Cave

Help! My husband retreats whenever I express my frustration.

Obama’s Family Time

Even the President of the United States can’t have it all.

Source of Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere – particularly when I’m awake enough to notice!

Stages of Freedom

The Exodus from Egypt was just the beginning.

Erin Callan Liberated

Callan was a slave to Lehman Brothers and her career. What are you enslaved to?

Dear Emuna: TV as a Babysitter

Am I a bad mother if I let my kids watch the occasional show?

It’s Against Our Policy

An elderly patient died from bureaucracy without humanity.

I Love Cleaning for Passover

The physical clean-up leads to spiritual freedom.

Dear Emuna: Wandering Eyes

My husband thinks it’s normal to notice the prettiest woman in the room.

Compassionate Love

Small acts, big love.

Punk Rocker for the Day

Purim allows us to drop our fears and be vulnerable.

Embarrassing Our Children

Humiliation is never an effective parenting tool.

Dear Emuna: Provocative Clothing

How do I convince my wife to dress more modestly without coming off as a control freak?

A Special Bat Mitzvah

A great idea that should be part of everyone’s celebration.

It’s Not about Lance Armstrong

Don’t let his doping and lies allow you to become cynical and bitter.

Adjusting Our Parenting Expectations

Realistic expectations are the key to handling frustration.

Dear Emuna: All-Girls or Co-ed?

Is there a distinct advantage to an all-girls school?

Contempt in Marriage

This most destructive trait can also be insidious.

Destined for Divorce?

It’s in our power to transform our marriage.

Dear Emuna: My Son, the Wild Animal

Will my teenaged son ever learn manners?

Beyond the Fiscal Cliff

It’s not only the politicians who dig in their heels, unwilling to compromise.

The 24-Hour Rule

Waiting to respond makes an enormous difference in all of our relationships.

Dear Emuna: Rescuing My Daughter

Should I help pay her out of a bind or let her suffer the consequences?

Facebook Overexposure

Facebook poses a serious threat to our character.

My Half-Marathon

What were my daughter and I doing in Las Vegas walking the Strip until we were bone-weary tired?

Hanukkah’s Message of Hope

After hurricanes and financial stress, Hanukkah comes to dispel the darkness.

Mrs. Petraeus

What has happened to the power of sisterhood?

Dear Emuna: Second Chance Mom

I don’t like how I raised my daughter. Is there a chance for a do-over?

Manicures for Israel

It’s not as silly as you think.

Judging Petraeus

Don’t sit in self-righteous condemnation. We could all make the same mistake.

Sandy: A Lesson in Empathy

Visiting the east coast, I was jolted out of my complacency and lack of sensitivity.

Dear Emuna: Parent Invasion

Help! My parents are visiting for three weeks and my life is upside down!


I’m in favor of a zero tolerance policy for whispering at the table. Here’s why.

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