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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Should I Tell My Kids that I have Cancer?

Since my prognosis is good, I want to avoid telling my children and spare them from unnecessary anxiety.

Summer Expectations

Comparing is totally destructive to our ability to enjoy the moment.

Earthquake: Shaken Up in LA

The earthquake has ended, but the jumble of feelings that it engendered have not.

It's a Cruel/Kind World

We can focus on the good or on the bad. One leads to happiness and light, the other to gloom and depression.

With Strings Attached

My boyfriend’s family showers us with gifts and money and expect a say in the most important issues in our life.

Turn Down the Noise

There’s no escape: restaurants, shopping malls, weddings all blast music way too loud.

Tool Box for Mother-in-Law/Daughter-in-Law Relationship

A crash course on how mothers-in-law can build a good relationship with daughters-in-law.

Why Visit Israel (Hint: Not for the Cuisine)

Israel? Oh, I heard the food is amazing!

Not Invited

I was taken aback by not being invited to a friend’s wedding.

The Woman Next Door

A Kiddush Hashem in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Help! My Sister-in-Law Hates Me

My sister-in-law is rude and hostile and something has got to change.

Your Real Competition is with Yourself

Our challenge is to do the most with the hand we were dealt. How others play their cards is of no relevance to us.

Love and Criticism

If we see someone we care about engaging in self-destructive behavior, we need to speak up. But how and when makes all the difference in the world.

Two Positive Stories about Orthodox Jews

What happened in Costco and the local kosher market.

Bragging on Facebook

Admit it: we enjoy the honor and praise we get after posting something about our good deeds.

How to be a Kindness Superhero

Are you emulating Arthur or the Almighty?

Should I Leave My So-So Marriage?

I was resigned to my mediocre marriage until I met a divorced man with whom I’m having so much fun.

What Kate Wore

We want to dress like the duchess because she exudes femininity, royalty and dignity.

Not In Control

A sudden emergency right before Passover gave me a sobering realization.

Should I Marry Him?

I really like him but he’s so different from the person I always imagine I’d marry.

Making Pesach

Why I love preparing for Passover.

Every Joyous Occasion is Different

Because each situation is unique and needs to be celebrated as such.

We All Have a Price

Contrary to what we may tell ourselves, it could be us splashed across the front pages of every newspaper.

Negative Online Comments

You’re in the swamp – be careful.

Susceptible to Bribe

We may fool ourselves into stating that we’re impartial but the psychological studies, and the Torah, tell a different story.

To Botox or Not to Botox

That is the question for this woman turning 50.

As I Get Older, Time Is Speeding Up

Jewish holidays remind me that time is whizzing by.

The Amazing Amazon Seller Story

There was a good reason his 28 iPads were all bought overnight.

I Can’t Stop Comparing Myself to Others

Jealousy is making my life miserable.

Delegating Kindness

Some things we should optimally do ourselves.

When was the Last Time You Looked at Your Husband and Beamed?

At a recent class we were all blown away at how the speaker’s wife looked at him.

Do You Have the Attention Span to Read this Entire Article?

Social media is wreaking havoc on our ability to concentrate and think.

A Friend’s Intervention

Sometimes our help can cause more harm than good.

Secrets to Having a Good Fight

Practical points that are easy to say but a real challenge to implement.

Mommy, I’m Bored!

Your child does not need to be entertained every second.

Gratitude Journal with a Twist

I always hesitated counting my blessings – and then something changed.

Help! My Friend is Sabotaging My Diet

I think my best friend is trying to sabotage my efforts at better health and weight. What should I do?

Slow Drivers

All of the sudden the car in front of me stopped. I fumed.

The Actor who Won’t Kiss Anyone Other Than His Wife

Neal McDonough is the rare actor in Hollywood who won’t appear in compromising scenes.

Building Fences

The most important fences are the ones we need to build ourselves that protect our intangible, spiritual values.

My Husband’s Idiosyncrasies are Driving Me Nuts

Your husband is a convenient scapegoat for your unmet expectations and frustrations. Now is the time to look inward.

A Nation of Road Rage

How to rein in our impatience and anger and treat others with kindness and respect.

Loving Our Teens Unconditionally

How to open the lines of communication with your teenaged kids.

Drew Brees’ Lesson in Kindness

The award-winning quarterback did something that should inspire all of us.

Everything I Know about Animal Behavior I Learned at the Apple Store

I’m still reeling from my experience at the Apple store.

What a Difference Sincere Gratitude Makes

In business and in every aspect of our lives.

Save Your Marriage before Having Another Child

He desperately wants another child; she doesn’t.

The Xmas Tree and the Menorah

It’s wonderful that the U.S. is so welcoming but we can never forget the risk of forgetting who we are and what we stand for.

Home for the Holidays: Dread or Excitement?

It’s never perfect, because how could it be?

A Response to Recent Tragedies: 8 Questions for 8 Nights

How can we counter the darkness and bring light to the world?

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