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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.

Dear Guilt: A Mother’s Day Letter Every Mother Needs to Read

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Ever since my first child was born you’ve been undermining my confidence. Enough is enough.


Embracing Change in Marriage

Embracing Change in Marriage

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How my husband and I learned to stop being scared of change in our relationship.


Falling in Love with Israel

Falling in Love with Israel

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4 personal reasons why I’m grateful for Israel.


An Open Letter to Israeli Soldiers

An Open Letter to Israeli Soldiers

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My heartfelt tribute to the dedicated and brave soldiers who defend our people.


Seven Things to be Grateful for at the Seder

Seven Things to be Grateful for at the Seder

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Especially the handprint on the fridge.


The One Thing We Need to Be Happier

The One Thing We Need to Be Happier

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And the three myths that prevent us from attaining it.


My Epic Run in the Blizzard of 2017

My Epic Run in the Blizzard of 2017

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Because every moment is a chance to grow.


The Five Second Rule for Spiritual Transformation

The Five Second Rule for Spiritual Transformation

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It only takes five seconds to change your life.


Queen Esther: Five Lessons in Personal Transformation

Queen Esther: Five Lessons in Personal...

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Queen Esther shows us how to overcome our obstacles and move forward, despite our fears.


How to Connect Better with Your Children

How to Connect Better with Your Children

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Ask yourself these six questions.


Seven Common Myths about Marriage

Seven Common Myths about Marriage

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These unrealistic expectations can wreak havoc in your marriage.


Marshall’s Mid-Life Crisis

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Top five lessons from a quora post that went viral.


Warren Buffett’s Gems of Wisdom

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Want to know what’s in Warren Buffet’s daily planner?


Super Bowl 2017: Meet the Two Jewish Owners

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They both know the importance of being a mensch on and off the field.


Steven Spielberg’s Jewish Roots

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“Because I am proud of being Jewish, I am worried by the growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the world.”


Knocked Out by the Flu

Knocked Out by the Flu

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Unable to get up from my bed I was forced to face the uncomfortable truth: I am not in control.


The Power of Gazing at the Stars

The Power of Gazing at the Stars

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In a miff? Sometimes all you have to do is look up.


Appreciating the Gift of Being Jewish

Appreciating the Gift of Being Jewish

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Four questions to ask yourself.


Jewish Grit and Hanukkah

Jewish Grit and Hanukkah

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The incredible power of adding one consistent light at a time.


Mindset: Ten Transformative Quotes on Teaching Children to Grow

Mindset: Ten Transformative Quotes on Teaching...

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How to instill real confidence and embrace failure as part of the learning process.


Seeing Beyond Our Fears

Seeing Beyond Our Fears

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When Isaac Lidsky went blind, he faced down his fears and created a new vision for his life.


Awesome Jars: A Transformational Tool for your Family

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Instilling the art of acknowledging the good into your home.


Six Questions to Empower Yourself

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A tool to help you stop blaming and take personal responsibility for your life.


10 Quotes on Cultivating Gratitude

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Just for today I am going to recognize the light instead of the dark, the love instead of the hate.


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18 Lessons I’ve Learned Training for the NYC...

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My grueling workouts have shown me how to surpass my internal limitations.


Top Ten Questions to Ask Your Date

Top Ten Questions to Ask Your Date

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Great conversation starters you can use on a date.


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75 Torah Scrolls Dedicated to Fallen Soldiers

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The joy of Simchat Torah: every letter counts.


Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro Without Hands and Feet

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Kyle Maynard’s courage to live with no excuses demonstrates the sukkah mindset.


Ten Inspiring Quotes for Ten Days of Repentance

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Motivation to begin change now.


The Bodyguard at My Door

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When my mother received a death threat, I got an unusual wakeup call.


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A powerful exercise everyone should do to prepare for the High Holidays.


My Slingshot Ride

My Slingshot Ride

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Catapulting 240 feet into the air made me rethink what is truly possible.


How to Confront Your Mistakes and Try Again

How to Confront Your Mistakes and Try Again

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Don’t allow yesterday's mistakes to limit tomorrow's possibilities.


Your First Day of School

Your First Day of School

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Six quick lessons I'm sharing with my children.


Near Death

Near Death

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Remembering that the small things aren’t so small.


When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

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Tisha B’Av and the yearning for connection.


Viktor Frankl on Man’s Search for Meaning

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Nine crucial lessons.


Six Ways for Couples to Grow Together

Six Ways for Couples to Grow Together

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Best practices for continued growth in marriage.


5 Life Lessons I Learned from My Teenagers

5 Life Lessons I Learned from My Teenagers

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My teen kids have been at sleepover camp for one week and I actually miss them to pieces.


The Terrorist Attack in France

The Terrorist Attack in France

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It seems that nowhere is safe. How do we live in these times of uncertainty?


Living on the Frontlines of Terror

Living on the Frontlines of Terror

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These people are risking their lives to fight for our right to live in the Jewish homeland.


Ninja Rabbi

Ninja Rabbi

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Akiva Neuman uses the same skills in training to be a rabbi to compete on American Ninja Warrior.


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My dad was there at 3 AM helping me train for the Boston marathon. He was there when I crossed the finish line too.


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We’re Not Doing God Any Favors

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All this time that I thought I was giving I was really receiving.


Thank You Israel

Thank You Israel

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My top seven gifts I’ve received from my beloved homeland.


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18 Things I'm Letting Go for My Marriage

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In honor of our 18th anniversary, here’s what I’ve learned to leave behind to have a great marriage.


The Most Important Message Graduates Need to Hear

The Most Important Message Graduates Need to Hear

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It’s not the most talented who succeed. It’s those who never stop trying.


Remembering Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni

Remembering Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni

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Liel was 20 years old when he was killed in a firefight with terrorists who emerged from a tunnel in Gaza.


The Three Main Passover Symbols: Pesach, Matzah and Maror

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The powerful gifts of gratitude, hope and grit.


Running Away from Egypt

Running Away from Egypt

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How to leave your narrow place and transform your life.