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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.

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Faith in Times of Darkness

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Five ways to hold onto the power of faith.


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Four Gifts for Mother’s Day

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A Letter to the Fallen Israeli Soldier

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The words are inadequate, but we thank you.


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


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Would you give your home to a needy family?


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Secrets to Happy Families

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Three proven tips to strengthening your family.


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