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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.

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.


Elul: The Secret to Change

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.


A Land Devoid of Peace

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.


No More Apologies

No More Apologies

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I am sick of apologizing for Israel when it is Israel that really deserves an apology.


As Sirens Blare Across the Land

As Sirens Blare Across the Land

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An elegy to the Jewish people for the 17th of Tammuz.


Tears and Shattered Prayers

Tears and Shattered Prayers

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An open letter to the three boys.


Faith in Times of Darkness

Faith in Times of Darkness

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Five ways to hold onto the power of faith.


Four Excuses That Hold Us Back

Four Excuses That Hold Us Back

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You do have time and who cares about what people will think.


Five Huge Mistakes People Make in Marriage

Five Huge Mistakes People Make in Marriage

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Even the best marriages require ongoing nurturing.


Five Crucial Things Children Need from their Father

Five Crucial Things Children Need from their...

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Nothing can replace a father’s love.


Catch Me

Catch Me

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Four ways Torah transforms my life.


Four Questions for Graduation Day

Four Questions for Graduation Day

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How to find a sense of satisfaction when you never reach the finish line.


Seven Blessings of a Jewish Marriage

Seven Blessings of a Jewish Marriage

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Learning to love without fear.


Four Gifts for Mother’s Day

Four Gifts for Mother’s Day

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Appreciating the gifts our children have already given us.


A Letter to the Fallen Israeli Soldier

A Letter to the Fallen Israeli Soldier

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The words are inadequate, but we thank you.


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.