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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A Time to Fight

When intruders enter your home and threaten your family, there's no choice but to fight.

The Fashion Police

I'm grateful that my girls wear uniforms to school.

Marriage or Maui?

More than extravagant gestures, marriages are built with the small daily attentions.

The Security Fence

What a difference it has made.

A Radical Parenting Theory

Jewish wisdom is silent on whether or not you should use the Ferber method because, contrary to popular belief, it is not a moral issue.

Host Etiquette

Helpful tips on making guests feel at home.

I Don't Know How She Does It

We're supposed to be the perfect wife, mother, employee, boss. But is such a thing possible?

Land of Passion

Life in Israel is like a giant roller coaster ride.

Guest Etiquette

Eight common etiquette violations all guests should watch out for.

Suddenly Psalms

I never could relate to Psalms, until it got personal.

Giving the Jewish Way

Righteous people say little and do much. They don't hold press conferences.

Women Who Marry Below Themselves

If I want someone I love to change, what would be the most effective way to accomplish it?

The Power of Community

Using social pressure to your advantage.

Passover Menu with a Twist

Why not try something new this year.

The Good Enough Parent

Stop trying to be the perfect parent.

Genuine Fireworks

Inundated with the scandal and speculation of the Clinton years, we have lost our ability to appreciate what it really takes to make a marriage work.

The Time of Our Joy

Sukkot reminds us what is truly important.

The Still Small Voice

When the shofar blows, what will you focus on?

Money and Marriage

Wondering why your spouse has a wild spending streak?

The Diminishing Power of Expectations

Building a mature relationship with God.

Giving Leads to Caring

What's the right attitude when they don't give back?

"The Surrendered Wife"?

I cringed at the title, but the book, "The Surrendered Wife," offers a surprising amount of wisdom.

Out of Control Parenting

Two basic rules to good parenting.

My Protest

It's hard to stay silent against a bald-faced lie.

Dress Like It Matters

What we wear affects our behavior and self-image.

The Not So Newlywed Game

Do you still remember why you married your spouse? Do you make an effort to keep the romance alive? Are you still cheering each other on?

Bite Your Tongue

The benefits of keeping my big mouth shut.

Intensifying Love Through Giving

Are you silently keeping score of who does what in your marriage? Here are some practical tips on how to give unconditionally and intensify your love.

Male and Female He Created Them

Men and women were created as opposites and their differing natures can elevate or undermine a marriage.

The Other "M" Word

In our home, this word strikes fear in the hearts of my children.

Effective Conflict Resolution

Disagreement is a natural part of marriage. Speak softly and definitely forget the big stick.

Women Power

Young women are starting to defy external pressures and choose allegiance to their inner voice.

Excuses, Excuses

Cut your spouse some slack.

Silent Married Couple

Why the couple in the restaurant aren't talking to each other.


How do you want to be remembered?

Hard To Say Goodbye

I thought I'd mastered this letting go business.

Summer Is Coming

Time for relief or panic?

Preserving Mystery

A greater openness does not seem to have led to greater marital success.

Choosing Happiness

The power for happiness is in our hands, and no one else's.

The Overweight Child

What's a parent to do?

Shavuot and Commencement

When it comes to accepting the Torah, we can become like conflicted teenagers.

Kids' Day

Take a moment and appreciate your kid's goodness.

The Perfect Parent

If they make a mistake, should parents apologize to their children?

Handling In-Laws

The cardinal rule: Your first loyalty is to your spouse.

Fear of YouTube

Imagine your life being broadcast online to the world.

Being An In-Law

Give financial support and keep your mouth shut.

A Good Morning

When I'm grateful for just not screaming.

MySpace, My Slander

Today's perpetrator could be tomorrow's victim.

The Dead Zone

Is your spouse too tired to talk?

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