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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Stop Kvetching

Complaining is a poor substitute for productivity and genuine care.


Is cutting in line really that bad?

True Mitzvah Files

The power of kindness.

In Praise of Stay-At-Home Moms

Sometimes the obvious needs to be stated.

Clothing Makes the Adolescent

Do not minimize the importance of clothing to your teenage children.

Are You Tired?

The challenge of middle age is to maintain the idealism of youth.

Ingeniería Hogareña

Muchos de nuestros colapsos como padres son debidos a nuestra propia falta de planificación.

Madoff and Me

What makes us so sure we won't leave behind a legacy of shame?

Surviving Summer without Camp

11 ways to spend the time and create a positive family experience.

Married and Frustrated

How to handle those moments of frustration in marriage.

Michelle Time

If the President isn't too busy to find regular time for his wife and his marriage, what excuse do we have?

Husbands Can't Wait

Your children are not the only ones who need your attention.

Invasion of Privacy

If everything is public, where is our inner core?

Fiddler on the Roof

Why don't more people view this show as a searing tragedy?

The Time of Our Joy

Sukkot reminds us what is truly important.


This Purim, try something different. Five great recipes!

When God Hides His Face

Even when the situation appears bleak, God is still there behind the scenes, pulling the strings.

Report Cards

Turning it into a positive experience for you and your kids.

Cooking Tips

Tips to help make your Pesach cooking experience a breeze.

Keeping the Spark Alive in Your Marriage: A Man's Guide

It's all in the small daily actions and interactions that say "You matter to me."

All Chocolate, All the Time

Chocolate is good for whatever ails you.

The Gift of Torah

Why Shavuot makes me cry.

Selfish Kindness

Think before giving.

No More Maid

I scandalized my children and let go of the housekeeper. It wasn't easy.

Fantasy Expectations

Why are some people hoping Brad Pitt will help them out?

More Shavuot Recipes

No cheesecake -- just some really good dairy recipes.

Putting Your Spouse First

Allowing the needs of another to take precedence doesn't make you a wimp. It's affirming the supremacy of the marriage over the individual.

Real Friends

Facebook to the contrary, most of us have very few friends. It's supposed to be that way.

Women Deserve Better

It's long past time for women to stand up for who we truly are.

The Smallest Good Deed

What strong marriages are really made of.

Who Do You Love?

Examine your actions vis-a-vis your spouse and ask, "Who do I think about more: my mate or myself?"

Surviving Your Adolescent

7 important tools for navigating this trying phase.

Clean and Free

There is a sense of freedom in having a clean house.


How to be tolerant and forgiving with your spouse.

Today's Doctors

I think casual has gone too far.

Going for Gold

What a difference 1/100th of a second makes!

A Secret to a Wonderful Marriage

Instead of complaining about what's wrong, ask for what you need.

Built to Last

Have we lost the patience to build and invest for the future?

How to Give Constructive Criticism

Or: Why I'd Rather Get a Facial in Georgia than in California

Today's Hero

Queen Esther shows us how we can all be heroes.

Quality Family Time

How do get your family to spend real quality time together.

Pushing the Limit

Rivka Wiesenfeld was a selfless dynamo who used every ounce of energy to give to others.

A Front Row Seat to History

I voted for McCain and still wept for joy at the inauguration.

When God Hides His Face

Even when the situation appears bleak, God is still there behind the scenes, pulling the strings.

Dirt is Good

We do our children no favors if we rescue them from all conflicts.

Vulnerability and Joy

This Sukkot, transcend your anxiety and feel secure in God's loving embrace.

The Perfect Errand

Making sure your spouse feels loved and appreciated is a lot more important than getting the right brand of detergent.

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