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Sara Debbie Gutfreund

Sara Debbie Gutfreund received her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Family Therapy from the University of North Texas. She has taught parenting classes and self-development seminars and provided adolescent counseling. She writes extensively for many online publications and in published anthologies of Jewish women's writing. She and her husband spent 14 wonderful years raising their five children in Israel, and now live in Blue Ridge Estates in Waterbury, Connecticut, where Sara Debbie enjoys skiing and running in her free time.

Passover: Going Home Again

Passover: Going Home Again

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Coming together as families and as a nation to remember our shared history.


More Than We Want to Breathe

More Than We Want to Breathe

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Embracing the spiritual opportunity of the Jewish month of Nissan and Passover.


The Runner who Must Fall

The Runner who Must Fall

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Post-Purim inspiration from a marathon runner with M.S. whose legs go numb when she runs.


12 Years a Slave & Esther

12 Years a Slave & Esther

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Like Solomon Northup, Esther could not reveal her true identity.


WhatsApp and the Joy of Adar

WhatsApp and the Joy of Adar

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From penniless immigrant to billionaire, Jan Koum’s fortune captures the joy of possibility.


Olympics of the Soul

Olympics of the Soul

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The gold medalist freestyle skier and his brother who has cerebral palsy are both champions.


All I See Is Kindness

All I See Is Kindness

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Would you give your home to a needy family?


Because I Said I Would

Because I Said I Would

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The power of a promise.


Broken Hand, Opened Heart

Broken Hand, Opened Heart

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Control freaks like me have a hard time asking for help.


The Death of Ariel Sharon

The Death of Ariel Sharon

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I didn’t know how deep Sharon’s love was for Israel and the Jewish people.


Romney's Grandchild

Romney's Grandchild

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We all yearn to belong. And it takes so very little to make someone feel that they don’t.


New York Post’s Shameful Cover

New York Post’s Shameful Cover

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The headline shows a frightening disregard for the value of human life.


A Letter to My Body

A Letter to My Body

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I love and respect you, but I don’t want my life to revolve around you.


Being Jewish on Christmas

Being Jewish on Christmas

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Amidst all the talk about eggnog, I realized the special blessing of Shabbat.


Three Days at the Bottom of the Ocean

Three Days at the Bottom of the Ocean

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As Hanukkah fades, keep the light of miracles in your life.


Four Ways to Manage Fear

Four Ways to Manage Fear

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Don’t let your fear hold you back.


Three Ways to Give Thanks this Hanukkah

Three Ways to Give Thanks this Hanukkah

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Hanukkah is a special time for us to say thank You for all the little and big miracles in our lives.


Swastikas in New York

Swastikas in New York

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Jewish students face ongoing anti-Semitism and no one is doing anything about it.


Partly Jewish?

Partly Jewish?

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Most children raised in interfaith families lack the tools and knowledge to make informed choices.


Paul Reichmann: Millions of Lights

Paul Reichmann: Millions of Lights

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One of the greatest philanthropists of the century passes away.


Going the Extra Degree

Going the Extra Degree

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Four lessons from the heart by Michael Landsberry, the heroic math teacher who was killed protecting his students in Nevada.


Secrets to Happy Families

Secrets to Happy Families

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Three proven tips to strengthening your family.


Facing Pain

Facing Pain

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Don’t let your comfort zone make your life small.


How Rebbetzin Heller Changed My Life

How Rebbetzin Heller Changed My Life

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In memory of Rabbi Dovid Heller, of blessed memory.


Not Everyone Deserves a Trophy

Not Everyone Deserves a Trophy

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Real pleasure and self-esteem come through genuine challenge.


A Sukkah Made of Snow

A Sukkah Made of Snow

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Stranded on a mountain, under the stars, I felt fear and God’s protective love.


9/11 in Jerusalem

9/11 in Jerusalem

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Crossing the red lines of the heart.


Answering Rosh Hashanah's Call

Answering Rosh Hashanah's Call

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The shofar’s cry is God calling out my name, looking for me.


The Heroism of Antoinette Tuff

The Heroism of Antoinette Tuff

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A lesson in speaking from the heart.


I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

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Where is our dream today?


Al Qaeda Threat & Elul

Al Qaeda Threat & Elul

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When danger is everywhere, listen to the siren of the shofar.


Train Crash in Spain

Train Crash in Spain

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Sometimes our reckless behavior causes life to go off the rails.


Mazel Tov, William and Kate

Mazel Tov, William and Kate

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The royal baby, the future King of England, sure has a lot to live up to. Don't we all?


Terrorist on Rolling Stone Cover

Terrorist on Rolling Stone Cover

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Where is our human decency and compassion?


Tisha B'Av & the Asiana Plane Crash

Tisha B'Av & the Asiana Plane Crash

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Sometimes we are blinded by the light.


Paula Deen’s Words

Paula Deen’s Words

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We all make mistakes. It’s our unwillingness to take responsibility for them that ultimately harms us.


Filling the Crevices of the Wall

Filling the Crevices of the Wall

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In the darkness of destruction, we’re reminded of the opportunity to rebuild.


Forever Dad

Forever Dad

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Even though my parents divorced, my father always played a crucial role in my life.


Discrimination against Fat People

Discrimination against Fat People

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Our society unfairly favors the thin.


NY’s Israeli Day Parade

NY’s Israeli Day Parade

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We gather for one unifying reason: We love Israel.


Oklahoma Tornado

Oklahoma Tornado

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When there are no words, there are tears.


Five Things Every Mother Wants to Hear

Five Things Every Mother Wants to Hear

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A Mother’s Day wish list.


After the Crash

After the Crash

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Sometimes life can change in an instant.


Boston Lockdown

Boston Lockdown

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Terrorists can’t take away our essential freedom.


Responding to Terror

Responding to Terror

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Four ways to react to the horrific bombings in Boston.


Ride the Crave

Ride the Crave

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Urge surfing and the count to greatness.


Barricades of Prayer

Barricades of Prayer

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My summer with Israeli soldiers confronted my fear of living.


A Tribute to Margaret Thatcher

A Tribute to Margaret Thatcher

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Her proudest moment was saving an Austrian Jew.


Passover & the Power of Love

Passover & the Power of Love

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After the tragic death of my rabbi and Rebbetzin, my Passover memories are awash with saltwater tears.


From Homeless to Harvard

From Homeless to Harvard

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Passover is the time to tell your story.


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