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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Hanukkah’s Message of Hope

After hurricanes and financial stress, Hanukkah comes to dispel the darkness.

Mrs. Petraeus

What has happened to the power of sisterhood?

Dear Emuna: Second Chance Mom

I don’t like how I raised my daughter. Is there a chance for a do-over?

Manicures for Israel

It’s not as silly as you think.

Judging Petraeus

Don’t sit in self-righteous condemnation. We could all make the same mistake.

Sandy: A Lesson in Empathy

Visiting the east coast, I was jolted out of my complacency and lack of sensitivity.

Dear Emuna: Parent Invasion

Help! My parents are visiting for three weeks and my life is upside down!


I’m in favor of a zero tolerance policy for whispering at the table. Here’s why.

Dear Emuna: Former Party Animal

I have a pretty wild past and am slowly becoming observant. How do I forgive myself? Will a nice Jewish boy ever accept me?

In-Laws without Rivalry

It's not only siblings who need to be on the lookout.

Controlling Our Kids

Back off and avoid the power struggles at all costs.

Dear Emuna: My Husband’s Unwanted Gift

I don’t want to be a spoiled brat, but why can’t he buy me something I actually want?

Gotta Laugh

Life requires a sense of humor.

Under God’s Wing

Sukkot teaches us how to find God in a world where He is hidden.

Dear Emuna: Yom Kippur & Guilt

How to break the vicious cycle of not keeping resolutions.

The Gift of Teshuva

Now is our opportunity to wipe the slate clean. Let’s make the most of it.

My Rosh Hashanah Mantra

The Almighty has given me everything I need.

Living Amidst the Chaos

Some people thrive amidst chaos. I am not one of them.

Too Sensitive

Genuine empathy makes us better people in every respect. So why chide it?

Dear Emuna: My Husband, the Smoker

My husband started smoking again two years ago. It scares me and I hate it.

Beneath the Goth Look

There’s a real person inside whose book is deeper and much more substantial than his cover.

Dear Emuna: Not Married

Will my kids ever get married?

The Busy Trap

Who has time to deal with life’s real issues?

Holding Back Our Daughters

Are we hurting our daughters’ future?

A Series of Fortuitous Events

Seeing God’s Hand during our trip to Switzerland.

Dear Emuna: The Mother of the Groom’s Partner

The groom requests that I tell other guests that I am a family friend.

Taking It Out on the Spouse

Don’t take your closest relationships for granted.

Shattered Glass

Since the death of my infant granddaughter, I find it easier to feel the pain in losing the temple.

Abuse of Power

Does wealth dehumanize people?

When Summer Never Ends

Help! I’ve got the “it’s summer again and the kids are already bored” blues.

Dear Emuna: Daughter Gone Wild

How can I show my daughter love if she doesn’t want us in her new life?

Breathing Space

How to tell your spouse you need some private time, alone.

Dear Emuna: Revisiting Zuckerberg’s Intermarriage

How could you simply ignore the fact that Mark Zuckerberg intermarried?

You Can’t Have it All

Our children deserve attentive, involved parents.

Clarity Before Marriage

Shared goals are the essence of marriage. Don’t take them for granted.

Dear Emuna: The Zuckerberg Contract

Should my fiancé and I write up a relationship contract that spells out expectations of each other?


Elevating our mode of speech is not a losing battle.

The Ootchy-Kootchy Rule

Why couples who show the most public affection are more likely to divorce.

Raising Teenage Daughters

Yes, it can be a tough ride. Here are a few effective tools to hold onto your sanity.

Parents Know Best

Protect us from those well-meaning friends, teachers and therapists who think they know our children better than we do.

The Gift of Responsibility

Teaching our children how to really grow up.

Facebook and Dignity

They shouldn’t be an oxymoron.

Dear Emuna: Overall Abusive

Is this a case of “take the kids and run”?

It All Began with a Doormat!

Getting trapped in the never-ending materialistic cycle.

The Ants Go Marching

If only they were limited to two by two!

Dear Emuna: Encountering Racism

Help! I’m a black convert who is experiencing bigotry in the Jewish community.

Dear Emuna: Chutzpah!

I can’t believe how my friend is raising her teenage son.

Under Pressure

Peer pressure never goes away. So choose your friends wisely.

Dear Emuna: Passover Angst

Help! My family always complains about our Seder. What should I do this year?

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