About the Author


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.


Top Ten Questions to Ask Your Date

Great conversation starters you can use on a date.

75 Torah Scrolls Dedicated to Fallen Soldiers

The joy of Simchat Torah: every letter counts.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro Without Hands and Feet

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

The Bodyguard at My Door

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

The Most Important Letter You’ll Write

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

My Slingshot Ride

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

How to Confront Your Mistakes and Try Again

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

Your First Day of School

Six quick lessons I'm sharing with my children.

Near Death

Remembering that the small things aren’t so small.

When Breath Becomes Air

Tisha B’Av and the yearning for connection.

Six Ways for Couples to Grow Together

Best practices for continued growth in marriage.

5 Life Lessons I Learned from My Teenagers

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

The Terrorist Attack in France

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

Living on the Frontlines of Terror

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

Ninja Rabbi

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

Because My Father Believes in Me

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

We’re Not Doing God Any Favors

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

Thank You Israel

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

18 Things I'm Letting Go for My Marriage

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

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

Remembering Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni

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

Running Away from Egypt

How to leave your narrow place and transform your life.

Being Curious About People

4 tips on how to learn from every person.

Live Out of the Box

How to see life’s immense possibilities within the world and within ourselves.

For This Moment

Like Queen Esther, we can channel our pain towards greatness.

Seven Habits for Happiness

Simple, practical tips to increase your happiness today.

Amazing Ideas for Parenting Teens

Love them like you are running out of time, because you are.

Five Habits of Happy People

We can train our minds to be positive just like we can train our bodies to be in shape. Here’s how.

4 Defining Moments of Parenting

Treasuring the gift of our children.

Henry Worsley & Risking It All

The British explorer died attempting to cross the Antarctic unaided. Was it worth it?

Infographic: Grow like the Trees

6 lessons in honor of Tu B’Shvat, the birthday of the trees.

Facing Life’s Big Questions

My daughters are asking questions that Google can’t answer.

7 Ways to Build Your Teens’ Confidence

How you can help your children believe in themselves.

Seven Ways to Turn Goals into Action

Most people abandon their resolutions. Here’s how to ensure you keep them.

Infographic: 5 Expectations to Give Up to be Happy

Life circumstances don’t make us happy. It’s how we view what happens to us that makes us happy.

Living in Israel: Six Lessons

Where the heart of the Jewish people lies, nothing is mundane.

8 Ways to Turn Darkness into Light

This Hanukkah choose to create your own miracles.

Six Ways to Be Patient with Our Children

Parenting is exasperating. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

8 Ways to be More Thankful

This Thanksgiving take the gratitude challenge.

7 Reasons I am Grateful to Be a Jew

Why I am grateful to be a Jew today.

No More Monday Blues

Transform your weekdays with the gifts of Shabbat.

The Spiritual Bystander Effect

The Jewish people needs your prayers.

8 Ways to Bring Inspiration into Each Day

The holidays are over. Here’s how to hold onto the light.

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