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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.

Courage & Faith: Tibor Rubin’s Heroism

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An anti-Semitic sergeant couldn’t stop a Holocaust survivor who heroically served in the US Army from getting his Medal of Honor.


Never Give Up

Never Give Up

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8 motivating quotes to fire up your day.


8 Ways to Be a Better Parent

8 Ways to Be a Better Parent

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Because every parent can use a quick reminder.


Eight Things Women Say and What They Really Mean

Eight Things Women Say and What They Really Mean

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A user-friendly guide for men who sometimes have no idea what their wife is really saying.


Six Lessons My Father Taught Me

Six Lessons My Father Taught Me

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Life changing values to share with your kids.


Seven Warning Signs of Toxic Relationships

Seven Warning Signs of Toxic Relationships

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If these warning signs sound familiar, distance yourself as much as possible.


Ten Things I Wish I Knew at My Graduation

Ten Things I Wish I Knew at My Graduation

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Print and post on your fridge and read regularly.


8 Signs You’re Creating a Meaningful Life

8 Signs You’re Creating a Meaningful Life

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Taste the joy of living with purpose.


Sharing the Gift of Torah

Sharing the Gift of Torah

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Shavuot reminds me why I’m grateful for having the Torah in my life.


Seven Ways to Build Confidence

Seven Ways to Build Confidence

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Never give up hope in yourself and in what you can achieve.


From a Stay-at-Home Mom to Her Working Mother

From a Stay-at-Home Mom to Her Working Mother

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A letter to my mother.


Finding Patience

Finding Patience

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We were newly married, just moved to Israel and everything was going wrong.


Six Common Mistakes about Change

Six Common Mistakes about Change

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How to succeed in changing a habit.


Six Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

Six Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

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Start your day right.


Six Jewish Strategies for Spiritual Growth

Six Jewish Strategies for Spiritual Growth

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A daily regimen for building your spiritual muscles.


6 Passover Lessons to Impart to Your Children

6 Passover Lessons to Impart to Your Children

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A letter to my children for the Seder.


Crushing Pain

Crushing Pain

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The Jewish people ache with the Sassoon family. We cannot speak; we have no words.


Empowering Beliefs For Freedom

Empowering Beliefs For Freedom

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This Passover set yourself free.


Eight Thoughts Successful People Think Every Day

Eight Thoughts Successful People Think Every Day

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Extraordinary accomplishments begin with extraordinary thoughts.


What I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Mother

What I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Mother

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I stared at her beautiful face and held her tiny hand and thought: I have no idea what I’m doing.


Take Off Your Mask

Take Off Your Mask

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This Purim, remove the four masks we wear and experience true joy.


Five Strategies for Increasing Happiness

Five Strategies for Increasing Happiness

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It's the time of year to increase your level of joy. Here's how.


5 Things Not to Compromise While Dating

5 Things Not to Compromise While Dating

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Staying true to yourself while dating.


Walking 21 Miles to Work

Walking 21 Miles to Work

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James Robertson’s amazing story that merges faith and determination.


8 Things to Tell Your Children Everyday

8 Things to Tell Your Children Everyday

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Giving your kids the love and confidence they need to embrace life.


8 Things You Should Never Say to Your Spouse

8 Things You Should Never Say to Your Spouse

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Refraining from saying certain things is just as important as what we say.


7 Inspiring Jewish Quotes

7 Inspiring Jewish Quotes

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Get motivated to achieve your goals.


Wild: An Adventure in Self-Discovery

Wild: An Adventure in Self-Discovery

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Four essentials for facing our deepest selves.


#Je Suis Juif

#Je Suis Juif

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I am a Jew. Don’t let the Jews of France stand alone.


Unbroken

Unbroken

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Laura Hillenbrand and Louie Zamperini have created extraordinary lives through adversity.


One Habit Can Change Everything

One Habit Can Change Everything

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5 strategies to making resolutions that stick.


Hanukkah’s Last Light

Hanukkah’s Last Light

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Dispelling five myths that block us from connecting to God.


Top Ten Gifts for Children

Top Ten Gifts for Children

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The greatest gift we can give our children is to recognize their unique light they can bring to the world.


Top Ten Gifts for Husbands

Top Ten Gifts for Husbands

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Skip the new tie. Give your husband the gift he really wants.


Top Ten Gifts Every Wife Wants

Top Ten Gifts Every Wife Wants

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This year give your wife the gift she really wants.


From the Four Widows

From the Four Widows

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In the midst of the most horrific nightmare, these righteous women are reaching out to the Jewish world with a message of hope.


Terror in the Synagogue

Terror in the Synagogue

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Gaining some perspective on an unfathomable tragedy.


Living with Courage

Living with Courage

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Alan Lock was going blind. Here’s how he fought to get through the darkness.


Real Beauty

Real Beauty

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Three lessons from our matriarch Rachel.


After the Shabbat Project

After the Shabbat Project

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Three ways to transform inspiration into action.


Holding onto Joy: Celebrating Simchat Torah

Holding onto Joy: Celebrating Simchat Torah

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Five ways that the Torah brings us joy.


The Sukkah’s Embrace

The Sukkah’s Embrace

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Rebbetzin Kanievsky & the sheltering sweetness of a mother’s love.


Learning to Forgive

Learning to Forgive

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Five ways to let go this Yom Kippur.


No Excuses

No Excuses

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A letter to the woman who cycled 26.2 miles using only her arms.


Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?

Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?

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She used her acerbic wit to defend Israel and the Jewish people.


My Personal Rope Challenge

My Personal Rope Challenge

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Despite the intense fear, I yearned to know that I could climb beyond my limits.


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Elul: The Secret to Change

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When you don’t know where to begin, start here.


Saying Thank You to Israeli Soldiers

Saying Thank You to Israeli Soldiers

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Our Israel Solidarity mission visits the wounded and attends heartbreaking funerals.


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A Land Devoid of Peace

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In Israel on a solidarity mission, the mourning is palpable.


Four Ways to Deal with Suffering

Four Ways to Deal with Suffering

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On rebuilding the shattered pieces.