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Emuna Braverman and Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz is the founder and principal of Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey, and is the founder and Program Director of Agudath Israel’s Project Y.E.S., which utilizes its hotline to assist at-risk teens and their parents with referrals, school and job placements, and a ‘big brother and sister’ teen mentoring program.

Rabbi Horowitz is the author of several best-selling parenting tape sets, “Realizing your Parenting Potential”, “Of Home and Heart”, and “What Matters Most”. He will be releasing "What Matters Most Volume II" in August, 2004. His most recent parenting initiative was a 10-hour series of premarital classes, the "Bayis Ne'eman Series." To purchase his parenting tapes, or to find out more about the Bayis Ne'eman Tapes, please visit or email him directly at




As rough as those teenage years are, nothing quite prepares us for the major event that occurs when they finish high school: leaving home.