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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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.

Trapped and Bickering During Covid-19

Help! Cabin fever is leading to petty bickering with my husband – and worse.

The Crown: Guests Not Welcomed

The hit show deepened my appreciation of Judaism's sensitivity in how to treat guests.

Without a House

How God is reminding why I should want a house in the first place.

My Disappointing Birthday

I know it's silly but I was feeling a little grumpy, until my daughter shared this beautiful story.

Change Your Name, Change Your Life

My friend adopted a Hebrew name and it surprisingly transformed her life.

Covid-19 Is Wreaking Havoc on My Marriage

I always thought we had a good marriage but these days we are constantly getting on each other’s nerves.

Maintaining Closeness Despite Social Distancing

Oddly enough, Judaism's family purity laws provides some insights.

$2000 Bottle of Wine Mix-Up

Businessmen who ordered a $2000 bottle of wine didn't notice the difference when they received a $18 bottle instead.

Following Our Own Path

Don’t squash your children's individuality. The Almighty created each of us differently for a reason.

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

It doesn’t take a lot – a smile, a kind word, an offer to help – to light up another human being.

Jealous of a Friend

She just got engaged to a wonderful guy who was suggested to me. How do I feel happy for her?

A Life of No Complaining

We spend far too much of our lives complaining and robbing ourselves of the opportunity of joy in the moment.

Sukkot: Leaving It All Behind

We are moving from Los Angeles shortly after Sukkot and in the midst of packing everything up.

Keep Your Word

Why we make commitments without the ability to fulfill them.

I Was Humiliated

I barely remember the past. But I do vividly remember the mortifying experience in 6th grade when my teacher embarrassed me in front of the class.

Why Rosh Hashanah Sneaks Up On Us

Part of us wants to avoid thinking about this holy day until it's just no longer possible.

Seeking Awe

We all want to transcend the mundane, to lift above the ordinary, to touch the Divine.

Battles Are Won Within

The Marines articulated life's primary challenge.

Our Two Sinks, Two Dish Washers Conundrum

My husband wants them and I think they’re luxuries we don’t need.

Life Is Short. Stay Awake For It

A perfect T-shirt for the month of Elul.

Road Trip!

My husband and I are driving across the United States.

Resentful Working at a Hospital

Why can't a colleague and fellow working mom work as much as I do?

Regis Philbin and the Importance of Kindness

A tribute to the celebrity reminds us what really counts in life.

Not All Problems Can be Solved

The key is to learn how to manage them.

Right Words for Crazy Times

We need to spend time learning Torah now more than ever.

When Kids Move Back Home

We didn’t move back home, why are they?

Man plans and God… What?

Everything happens on the Almighty’s schedule, not mine.

Why I Miss Going to the Grocery

I didn’t appreciate how much local shopping creates community.

A Wife who is Overworked and Underappreciated

I wish my husband would acknowledge the fact that I'm working very hard, especially during Covid-19.

I’m Going Out of My Mind

I realize I have it lucky, but the pandemic is still putting me over the edge.

Is Zoom a Viable Long-Term Learning Strategy?

I realize it’s here to stay, but I’m not a big fan. Here’s why.

Still in Isolation

Pondering the implications of the continuing sheltering in place and its opportunities for growth.

Rioting and Shul Vandalism

The murder in Minnesota is horrific. It's shocking to me that that level of police racism, abuse and brutality still exists. Unfortunately, the reaction is no way to right the wrong.

How Do I Get the Love I Need?

I love my husband but he is so distant and uncaring.

A Different Shavuot This Year

With none of the communal activities that normally accompany this holiday, we have a new kind of opportunity to appreciate the Torah.

Stop Judging How Others are Responding to the Pandemic

We should be coming together during this time, not splitting apart.

Living with the Unknown

Life is right now under whatever conditions we are currently in. Accept it.

Lockdown Frustrations

Now that the idea of leaving home has entered my reality, I feel restless, antsy.

Suddenly Your Older Kids are Home

One silver lining: quarantine is a chance to spend extended quality time with your kids that have supposedly flown the coop.

Don’t Put Your Marriage on Hold Even During Corona

How to emerge from this situation with our marriages intact, perhaps even enhanced.

How to Break the Monotonous Groundhog Day Cycle

Stuck in lockdown, what to do when one day is the same as the next and they all just blur together with no end in sight.

The End of a Unique Passover

What do you want your list of accomplishments to be when this “stay-at-home” mandate is lifted?

Corona Tension in the Home

Lockdown is putting every marriage to the test.

A Passover Like No Other

Everyone is working harder than usual this year. And that will make their Passover experience more meaningful.

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