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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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Not Everyone Deserves a Trophy

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Real pleasure and self-esteem come through genuine challenge.


A Sukkah Made of Snow

A Sukkah Made of Snow

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Stranded on a mountain, under the stars, I felt fear and God’s protective love.


9/11 in Jerusalem

9/11 in Jerusalem

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Crossing the red lines of the heart.


Answering Rosh Hashanah's Call

Answering Rosh Hashanah's Call

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The shofar’s cry is God calling out my name, looking for me.


The Heroism of Antoinette Tuff

The Heroism of Antoinette Tuff

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A lesson in speaking from the heart.


I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

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Where is our dream today?


Al Qaeda Threat & Elul

Al Qaeda Threat & Elul

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When danger is everywhere, listen to the siren of the shofar.


Train Crash in Spain

Train Crash in Spain

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Sometimes our reckless behavior causes life to go off the rails.


Mazel Tov, William and Kate

Mazel Tov, William and Kate

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The royal baby, the future King of England, sure has a lot to live up to. Don't we all?


Terrorist on Rolling Stone Cover

Terrorist on Rolling Stone Cover

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Where is our human decency and compassion?


Tisha B'Av & the Asiana Plane Crash

Tisha B'Av & the Asiana Plane Crash

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Sometimes we are blinded by the light.


Paula Deen’s Words

Paula Deen’s Words

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We all make mistakes. It’s our unwillingness to take responsibility for them that ultimately harms us.


Filling the Crevices of the Wall

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In the darkness of destruction, we’re reminded of the opportunity to rebuild.


Forever Dad

Forever Dad

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Even though my parents divorced, my father always played a crucial role in my life.


Discrimination against Fat People

Discrimination against Fat People

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Our society unfairly favors the thin.


NY’s Israeli Day Parade

NY’s Israeli Day Parade

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We gather for one unifying reason: We love Israel.


Oklahoma Tornado

Oklahoma Tornado

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When there are no words, there are tears.


Five Things Every Mother Wants to Hear

Five Things Every Mother Wants to Hear

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A Mother’s Day wish list.


After the Crash

After the Crash

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Sometimes life can change in an instant.


Boston Lockdown

Boston Lockdown

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Terrorists can’t take away our essential freedom.


Responding to Terror

Responding to Terror

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Four ways to react to the horrific bombings in Boston.


Ride the Crave

Ride the Crave

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Urge surfing and the count to greatness.


Barricades of Prayer

Barricades of Prayer

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My summer with Israeli soldiers confronted my fear of living.


A Tribute to Margaret Thatcher

A Tribute to Margaret Thatcher

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Her proudest moment was saving an Austrian Jew.


Passover & the Power of Love

Passover & the Power of Love

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After the tragic death of my rabbi and Rebbetzin, my Passover memories are awash with saltwater tears.


From Homeless to Harvard

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Passover is the time to tell your story.


Revisiting Betty Friedan

Revisiting Betty Friedan

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Breaking free of feminism's constraints.


Dream Footprints

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Five famous dreamers and the lessons we can learn from them.


Every Inch Counts

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Sometimes one inch can lead to a mile. Purim shows us how.


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Why I'm Raising My Children With God

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The most precious gift I can give my children.


Four Amazing Trees

Four Amazing Trees

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Spiritual lessons from trees, for Tu B’Shvat.


Three Apps for the New Year

Three Apps for the New Year

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Three ways to deepen your resolutions.


Learning from My Parents' Divorce

Learning from My Parents' Divorce

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Sometimes brokenness makes you stronger.


The Connecticut School Shooting

The Connecticut School Shooting

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Asking why in the aftermath of tragedy.


When Christmas and Hanukkah Crashed

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For the first time in my life, I was the only Jew in the group.


Times Square Kindness

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A police officer’s private act of kindness becomes a web sensation.


Five Ways to Be Grateful

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How to unlock the door to gratitude.


5 Dysfunctions of a Team

5 Dysfunctions of a Team

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Principles for building a strong marriage.


The Blind Woman at the Gym

The Blind Woman at the Gym

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Learning how to see.


The Nanny Nightmare

The Nanny Nightmare

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Three essential lessons.


Voting for Mom

Voting for Mom

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The campaign advisor warned my mother: “You can’t win unless you campaign on Saturday.”


The Fury of Frankenstorm

The Fury of Frankenstorm

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Five ways to bring awe into your life.


Obama's Look Alike

Obama's Look Alike

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It’s not only the inside that counts.


Felix Baumgartner’s Amazing Feat

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Lessons from breaking the speed of sound.


Tomorrow

Tomorrow

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Don't rush to plan tomorrow. Make it count, today.


Bat Mitzvah Gifts for My Daughter

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Spanning three generations, I want to give you some very special gifts that are close to my heart.


If Only

If Only

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On Tisha B'Av I can feel the weight of thousands of years of “if onlys.”


Fissures

Fissures

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I've lost my connection to the past, and no matter how much time passes, there is a crevice in my heart.


My Lost iPod Cable

My Lost iPod Cable

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