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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Our Ruined Trip Up the Hudson River

We went to see the breathtaking fall foliage. But there was one big problem: everything was green.

Charging By The Hour, Including Shmooze Time

Don't let your drive for money compromise your values.

It's Not All or Nothing

We all make mistakes. Don't let one slip derail you.

How to Access the Joy of Sukkot

Joy comes from taking pleasure in the moment and not dwelling on what's missing.

Yom Kippur and the Importance of Keeping Your Word

Living in a society where talk is cheap, we need to ensure that our words mean something.

What On Earth Are We Arguing About?

Have you ever made plans to go out to dinner only to have something set you off or irritate you as you drove there?

You Know Your Faults. Do You Know Your Virtues?

Start the Jewish new year knowing your strengths.

But I Was Only Joking: When Teasing Hurts

We're not allowed to hurt others with our words, and that includes teasing and joking.

My House Feels Like a 24-Hour Diner and I Love It

Why the mess, the constant cooking and the chaos are totally worth it.

Working On Appreciating My Spouse during Elul

Because I am guilty of taking my marriage for granted.

Cut Your Spouse Some Slack

We give our friends and kids the benefit of the doubt. Shouldn't we do the same for the most important person in our life?

Learning from Kids who Play Together

Children haven’t yet learned to worry about what others think of them and to put others in restrictive boxes with alienating labels.

My Challenge in Overcoming Baseless Hatred

It's very hard for me to forgive anyone who has hurt my child.

Yearning for Israel after Covid Kept Us Away

So many of us are longing to be in Israel where the connection to spirituality is more tangible, more vibrant, more real.

How Covid Made Some Marriages Stronger

Many fractured unions did not survive, but strong marriages got even stronger.

Watching the Clock

I'm trying to overcome this destructive habit.

God Has a Sense of Humor

As much as we would like to, we can rarely avoid life’s messy situations.

Our Untold Stories

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

Hope is in the Air

The world is opening up again and now is the time to concretize your post-pandemic commitment to change.

Powerless

The summer blackouts have arrived.

Re-Entry: Life after the Pandemic

What lessons do you want to take with you into your post-pandemic existence?

Michael Collins: The Almost Famous Astronaut

There's a good reason why you probably haven't heard of the astronaut who recently died.

Our Collective Tragedy

Even thousands of miles away, it’s our sorrow too. It’s our family in pain.

Apologies to Our New Daughter-in-Law

They're newly married and we already made a faux pas.

Counting On Your Neighbors

It is truly amazing to live in a community of such kindness.

My Wrinkles

The cashier's shocking comment about my age sent me into a tailspin.

Passover in the Shadow of Covid

We don’t need to return to “normal” in order to be happy.

True Freedom, Even in Lockdown

True freedom has nothing to do with our external circumstances - whether we can dine out or not. It's about our ability to choose.

I Want to Be Thin!

Excellent advice for a young mom struggling with being overweight.

My Dreaded Trip to the DMV

When we let go of prior expectations (and dare I say prejudices), it’s amazing what we can discover.

The TV in the Restaurant

We live in a noisy world. Can't there be a few spots where quiet still reigns?

I Can No Longer Do It All

All my life I’ve tried to be superwoman and, for the most part, I’ve actually succeeded. Now, I'm getting tired and just can't do it all.

Purim Costumes Create Unity

Another good reason to dress up this year.

Vaccine Envy

I thought I was free of that proverbial green-eyed monster, but then friends of ours got vaccinated before we did.

Getting in the Purim Mood

For a few reasons, it's been rather hard this year.

News Fatigue

Why I’m going on a news diet.

Imperfect Homes, Just the Way They Should Be

I’m not creating a museum to the American Jewish family; I’m creating a place for real people to live, to eat, to learn and to grow.

What Would Petey Do?

After losing her husband, Sarah Weintraub created something new and beautiful to celebrate his life and character.

My Hovering Husband

We have a good marriage and I'm afraid Covid-19 is going to suffocate it.

Going to the Gym During the Pandemic

It's the small gestures that make such a difference.

Living Against Instinct

The pandemic has forced us to scrutinize every behavior.

I'm Loving the Winter

After living for so long in California where the weather never changes, I am reveling in the cold and the snow.

Waiting and Waiting

Our lives are filled with endless waiting. How do we cope without losing our minds?

In Jersey City, A Remarkable Kindness

Owners of four kosher markets come together to rebuild Moshe Ferencz’s grocery store.

Nachas Night with Teachers

Calling parent-teacher meetings Nachas Night will change everything.

Hanukkah: Especially Now, Shine Your Light

Let's take the light that shines within us and share it with others, so that together we can light up our world.

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