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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An Extraordinary Wedding

Two young adults with Down syndrome got married and we witnessed a miracle.

Road Rage

What did I do to merit such hostility?

My One Hour Mini-Vacation

All it took was a change in perspective.

Facebook and Privacy

After posting photos of a party, two friends who weren’t invited stopped talking to me.

Dress Code

Being seen as people, not objects.

Kids & Priorities

How important is that internship in Kenya?

Taken for a Ride

One mother refuses to carpool and help out. The rest of us are feeling resentful.

Make Your Bed

There’s a good reason the army cares about those hospital corners. Judaism does too.


The story of Ruth is inspirational. The story of Naomi could have been also.

I’m So Embarrassed!

Help! I love my parents but I think they are an embarrassment.

Falling Out of Love

We are not passive victims to life’s circumstances.

You’re Grounded

This wasn’t one of our best parenting moments.

Becoming Too Jewish

I’m exploring my Jewish roots and bringing more spirituality into our lives, but my husband wants no part of it.

Selling Ritalin

Kids are selling their Ritalin to classmates who crave the extra focus to do better on their exams.

Caring about Wrinkles

Comparing myself to those who are taller, richer, healthier and who have smoother skin.

Fears of Abuse

Is my friend in an abusive marriage?

Grocery Shopping as Contact Sport

Where human behavior is on display – at its best and, more frequently, at its worst.

Am I Being Over-Protective?

My 10-year-old son and his friends want to cross a busy street by themselves and get ice cream. Should I let him?

6 Educational Principles from the Passover Seder

Ask questions, tell stories and make learning fun.

Passover’s Freedom

Getting rid of the leaven inside our hearts.

The Passover Seder Balancing Act

Help! Most of our relatives want to get the Seder over quickly and eat, and I want to make it meaningful.

Israeli Courage

An encounter with Jews who put their lives on the line for the Jewish people.

My Husband Moved Out

My 77-year-old husband told me he needed a break and moved into his own apartment. I’m hurt and angry.

Suckered by Sales

Those ads know exactly how to get me.

Malala and Queen Esther

It took a young girl from Pakistan to help me identify the incredible courage women possess today.

Is AIPAC’s Influence in Decline?

If it is, here’s an important Purim silver lining.

Jealous of Autistic Sibling

Our eldest son is acting out in strange ways. Is this a passing phase or a cry for help?

Cheating to Win

Do our kids realize that losing is not the worst thing to happen? Do we?

Looking Good for Your Husband

It tells him: you’re the most important person in the world to me.

3 Main Reasons Couples Grow Apart

It can happen to any of us, if we’re not careful.

I Will Never Quit

Living with the Navy Seals code.

Am I the Mother-in-Law from Hell?

How can I fix this mess so I don't lose my only grandchild?

Five Illusions about Love

Five myths that hamper our ability to create a thriving, loving marriage.

The Casablanca Perspective

Looking at life in the grand scheme of things.

Daughter’s Rude Boyfriend

Is it superficial or is my daughter dating a real jerk?

If Only Syndrome

The surefire way to unhappiness.

Daughter Is Happy, But My Heart Breaks

Sometimes the best advice is to do nothing.

My Manicurist

I had no idea the Vietnamese woman doing my nails was a courageous heroine as tough as nails.

My New Floor

My surprising new obsession.

Lessons from Extreme Makeover Weight Loss

How would you be different if you had the ultimate coach who believed in you?

Daughter-in-Law from Hell

Emuna’s difficult advice to a desperate mother-in-law.

Gratitude Leads to Happiness

How to bring the gratitude attitude into our homes and daily lives.

The Secret to a Happy Marriage: For Men

She needs to feel that in your eyes, she is in first place. And show it with your actions.

Dear Emuna: Men, Women & Intimacy

Hollywood-style romance makes us feel like we’re missing out on something.

Let It All Hang Out

Our home is not Club Med. It is not a place where anything goes.

Dear Emuna: Enchanted by Christmas

Help! Our son seems resentful that we don’t have a comparable celebration.

Insensitive Gaffes

You can mean well and still cause a lot of hurt.

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