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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Fairy Tale Wedding

Your wedding should not be the happiest day of your life.

The Wife's Gigabyte Memory

Elephants are famous for their memories. Among human beings, there's nothing like a wife.

Blame Game

Is your spouse behaving in a way you find disturbing? The first place to look should be in a mirror.

You (Haven't) Come A Long Way Baby

There is a new feminist battle to be fought.

Shop 'Til You Drop

What is it with adolescent girls and shopping? One mother's battle for perspective.

Negotiating with Your Teen

Disagreements, clashes, struggles are an inevitable part of growing up. Whether they result in animosity or deepened relationships is in our hands.

Fighting Fair

Five rules on having a good fight with your spouse.

The Sacred Place

Too many couples have sacrificed closeness to the call of The Late Show.

Building Fences

Don't rely on willpower alone to keep your resolutions.

I'm Rooting for Harry

J.K. Rowling can end the Harry Potter series with hope and optimism, or cynicism and disillusionment. Let's hope she chooses wisely.

Advice from Miss Deitz's Third-Grade Class

Marriage is about more than giving. It's about putting our spouse's needs constantly and completely before our own.

We're Gonna Have a Ball!

Funerals can be a powerful force for change.

The Buck Stops Here

Teaching our adolescents responsibility.


I had a house, and then I had children. Preserve your sanity and let go of your attachment of the physical world.

The Sandwich Generation

Reaching middle age doesn't have to mean getting squished from our growing children on one side and our aging parents on the other.

Your Red Pen

We all know the pain and humiliation of being the victim of an unedited speaker.

It's Not About the Diamond

Presents are nice. Luxurious presents may be nicer. But don't confuse them with real thoughtfulness and caring.

Littering the Holy Land

Thank God, the streets of Jerusalem are alive once again. There is bustle and energy, hope and joy. And sadly, lots of garbage.

Waste Not

Putting your leftovers to maximum use.

The Over-Protected Child

Give up the illusion: we can't fight our children's battles, nor should we.

Respect Your Elders

No matter what your age, it's never too late to make a difference.

Letting My Daughter Go

Sending your 18-year-old to the other end of the world is not easy.

Fashion Statement

If you don't want to be treated like an object, don't dress like one.

A Woman's Work Is Never Done

Sarah and Rebecca set the standard for Jewish women to follow. Let's get inspired!


Complaining isn't just a bad habit. It actually makes the problem worse.

Wrinkles and All

The pleasures of reaching middle age.

Bonding through Mutual Dislike

Is gossip really a good way to create relationships?

The Winning Team

Little league has a bad rap -- frustrated coaches, over-invested parents and damaged kids -- but it is possible for it to generate a healthy Jewish experience.

Getting the Ear of the President

Everyday you get the opportunity to meet the most important leader of the world. Are you ready?


Successful relationships are built on making the needs and pain of others as real as our own.

Starting the New Year Right

We frequently spend our time on trivial pursuits at the expense of more important ones.

A Beautiful Soul

Shaindel is schizophrenic and homeless -- and a beloved fellow Jew.

A Fresh Start

Yom Kippur is one of the most hopeful days of the year.

Chicken Easy

Embarrassingly easy chicken or turkey recipes.

I'm So Tired

I have become an expert in tiredness, and I need at least nineteen more words to express all its different aspects.

Summer Vacation

How I learned to enjoy summer and the kids without tearing my hair out.

School Supplies Run Amok

Mixed with delight and relief on the first day of school is the fear of the dreaded school supply lists.

Yom Tov Menu

An eclectic menu for Yom Tov that incorporates some of the symbolic foods eaten on Rosh Hashana.

Just the Two of Us

There's nothing like a short vacation – just you and your spouse, with no kids – to strengthen your marriage.

Summer In the City

Call me Scrooge. Call me the Grinch. I hate (or rather, as we say around our house, I'm not fond of) the summer.

Kindness Begins at Home

Why do we feel proud of ourselves for cooking for an acquaintance who just gave birth and burdened by making dinner for our families?

Intimacy after Children

The perils of neglecting your spouse.

Not in the Mood

It's the giving that counts, not the feeling.

Count Us In

Down syndrome isn't preventing Danielle Magady from leading the typical life of a teenager.

Warmth on the Glacier

Jewish unity in Alaska.


I don't know about you, but keeping my kids happy on Sundays is a major challenge.

Who Comes First -- Your Spouse or Your Children?

Children will go on to forge lives of their own, but the relationship with your spouse is forever. It fosters growth like no other relationship can.

Unimaginable Perseverance

Brooke Ellison is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down, and she's running for NY State senator.

19 Minutes a Day

Is that enough time to let your child know he or she is a top priority?

Getting Caught

Nurturing ethical behavior in teenagers.

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