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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Dear Emuna: My Short Husband

I'm ashamed to admit it but my husband's short stature bothers me.

Small Talk

Elevating the conversation by being fascinated with other people.

Will Cosmetic Surgery Help?

A facelift is not the solution to the real problem at hand.

The Duggar Family

She's expecting her 20th child. Why all the vitriol?

Dear Emuna: The ATM Parent

Help! My teenage daughter isn't interested in having a relationship with me.

Ten Things Women Wish Men Knew

Guys, print this out and refer to it often.

An Open Letter to Teachers

Before our parent/teacher meeting, allow me to explain where I'm coming from.

Android & Me

I took the plunge and acquired the latest Android phone. It went downhill from there.

Marriage Advice for Ashton and Demi

Six essential concepts to a good marriage.

Dear Emuna: Why Daddy Left

How do I explain to my son why his father isn't coming back?

The Kim Kardashian Spectacle

This new low reminds us of the toxicity of Reality TV.

My Day of Silence

What I learned from not talking for one day.

Dear Emuna: Resenting My Mother

My mother wasn't there for me growing up and I can't let go of the old feelings of abandonment.

Friendship & Empathy

Rare and precious is the friend who experiences your pain like his or her own.

Dear Emuna: Smothered in Love

I want the connection with my kids so badly but they keep pushing me away.

Dear Emuna: Teenage Driver

Help! My 16-year-old daughter wants to get her driver's license! Am I being too overprotective?

Nothing's Perfect

This Yom Kippur, I regret looking at what doesn't work, and I'm learning to focus on the positive.

Three Ideas for Rosh Hashanah

Bringing down to earth the machzor's central ideas.

Rosh Hashanah Opportunity

God wants to grant us another year of life. Are we ready to embrace it?

Dear Emuna: Harem of Admirers

He promises me exclusivity once we get engaged. Should I believe him?

The Best Honey Cakes

It’s the small touches that make the difference.

Dear Emuna: Dating Doubts

I'm afraid to admit it, but I get embarrassed by my guy I'm dating.

Even The Food Channel

Humiliation as a form of entertainment.

Dear Emuna: My Husband's Porn Addiction

I feel like I have been stabbed in the heart. I can't trust him and I don't know what to do.

How to Win Friends

A world about me is a very lonely place. A world about others is rich and fulfilling.

Dear Emuna: Where's the Romance?

One thing's for sure – it isn't at the dinner table.

Feeling the Pain

Since the death of my granddaughter I carry a sense of pain wherever I go.

Family Vacation

It doesn't have to be an oxymoron.

The Alzheimer's Risk

Relinquishing our illusion of control.

Dear Emuna: The Misunderstood Wife

Why doesn't my husband understand me?

God's Most Fascinating Creature

Who needs reality TV? Just look around you.

Girl Talk

Is complimenting a girl on her looks so bad?

Dear Emuna: Overachiever Dad, Laidback Son

My husband is totally down on our son and it's affecting our marriage.

Summer Is Here

It’s been all of three days and I’m pulling my hair out!

Dear Emuna: Intimate Matters

Help! My husband doesn't desire any physical intimacy.

Me, a Crook?

A librarian had the chutzpah to insinuate I'm a thief.

Dear Emuna: Fatal Friend

The more I get pulled into my friend's serious problems, the more sick I get.

Waiting for Passion

There are so many good causes. Pick one and throw yourself into it.

Superwoman Is Dead

Most mothers fight a constant battle between stress and guilt.

Dear Emuna: My Father, the Pedophile

Am I giving my father a lifetime punishment for something that happened almost 30 years ago?

Guinea Pig Kids

The gender-less baby: There’s a bit of Kathy Witterick and David Stocker in all of us.

Waiting in Line

I can't let everyone go ahead of me. What's a religious Jewish woman to do?

The Manicure

My hands carry the war wounds of serious work in the kitchen. They are a badge of honor.

Dear Emuna: My Needy Wife

Help! My accomplished wife wants to stay at home with the kids and is overly dependent on me.

Happiness Is Not the Goal

The secret to happiness is to not focus on it.

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